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The Secrets of Animal Flight
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The Secrets of Animal Flight

by Nic Bishop
 

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More than three quarters of all land animals fly, from butterflies and birds to beetles and bats. Some birds can stay airborne for hours with only an occasional flap of their wings, flies can hover and perform split-second turns, while bats can execute their precise maneuvers in total darkness. How do they do it? Find out the secrets of animal flight - the

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More than three quarters of all land animals fly, from butterflies and birds to beetles and bats. Some birds can stay airborne for hours with only an occasional flap of their wings, flies can hover and perform split-second turns, while bats can execute their precise maneuvers in total darkness. How do they do it? Find out the secrets of animal flight - the principles that keep fliers as different as ladybugs and eagles aloft. And discover some puzzles that scientists haven't yet been able to solve - nature's mysteries of flight.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Donna Brumby
Exciting prints of high-speed photographs of various animals in flight and an obvious in-depth knowledge on the part of the author are two redeeming qualities of this non-fiction title, but several flaws will prevent this book from being as useful as it could have been. With neither an index nor even a table of contents, actually getting to the facts presented is difficult. The descriptive information included is straightforward and factual, supplying simple yet complete explanations of the elements of animal flight, but the maturity level necessary for readers to follow the text may actually be somewhat above the format of the book itself.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6A well-written and inviting book with uncluttered, double-page spreads featuring spectacular, full-color, stop-motion photos and clear diagrams. Whereas many books on the subject concentrate on individual creatures, Bishop examines animal flight in general. The mechanics of birds' flight are explored first; the author then turns his attention to bats, and, finally, to insects. In conclusion, he discusses unanswered questions that are still being researched. Most of the creatures mentioned (or their relatives) are readily found in backyards or parks; the insect behaviors in particular can be observed by children, close up. They will want to check out the statement that a sunbathing butterfly will straighten its spread-out wings when it sees them comingthe better to leap away into the air. This is the best type of science bookit really communicates the excitement of unlocking nature's secrets and leads readers on to discoveries of their own.Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
A lively text and outstanding stop-action photography make this an inviting look at how animals fly. Bishop explains how birds, bats, and insects manage the difficult task of staying aloft. He describes some of the advantages of flight (avoiding predators and extending food sources); discusses the mechanisms of airfoil and lift; examines the structure of a bird wing; and uses the text, diagrams, and series of full-color photographs to show downstroke, upstroke, landing, gliding, and soaring. With the same precision, Bishop covers bat and insect flight. Especially helpful are the photographic sequences—e.g., six shots of a wasp—that clarify the placement of wings and body in each step of flight. Bishop also introduces issues that still puzzle scientists and describes the equipment involved—computers, wind tunnels, X-ray photography, and high-speed photography—in the search for answers. This is an excellent book that makes a difficult topic accessible.

From the Publisher
"A well-written and inviting book with uncluttered, double-page spreads featuring spectacular, full-color, stop-motion photos and clear diagrams. . . . it leads readers on to discoveries of their own." School Library Journal, Starred

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618809042
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
06/04/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


Nic Bishop, who holds a doctorate in the biological sciences, is an award-winning author and photographer known for his outstanding stop-action wildlife photographs. He lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with his wife and a bevy of animals under study.

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