Smelly Stink Bugs

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Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Skunks are not the only creatures that spray an unpleasant liquid. The stink bug releases a smelly fluid at its enemies when it is threatened. Read about the life of this colorful, six-legged creature. Get an up-close look at this insect, so close that you can see its beak ready to suck the juice from a tomato. Readers may need support or instruction on the content vocabulary and features of the informational text. Some of the text features are the table of contents, captions, labels and index. There is also a glossary with descriptions and pictures of the four words that appeared in bold print in the text. Those children who wish to learn more about the stink bug will find a couple of book suggestions and a publisher's website listed in the back of the book. The website has a simple crossword puzzle and portals to other sites. Those students researching other insects may find information that they seek in one of the other nine, equally interesting books in the "No Backbone! The World of Invertebrates" series. The structure of the other books in the series is similar. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal

Gr 1-4- With a minimum of scientific terms, each title describes a few general characteristics of all insects and some distinctive characteristics of those that are featured here. On each chapter spread, several short sentences of text, set against a pastel background, are illustrated by a full-page (or a page and a quarter) color picture of one or more of the species. Most of the photos are sharply defined close-ups, so detailed that in shots of the insects' eggs, each one is distinct. Antennae segments, hairs, and spines on the insects' legs and bodies, etc., are clearly visible as well. Leaf-shaped sidebars offer miscellaneous facts; a one-page appendix describes general characteristics of invertebrates and includes photos of four related insects. While the brief texts are clearly written, the amount of information offered is limited, particularly on anatomy. The three main body parts of insects are only mentioned in each title's glossary, in the definition of "insects"; Butterflies doesn't describe scales; Stink Bugs mentions the insects' wings but doesn't describe or depict them. Ting Morris's Butterfly (Smart Apple Media, 2004), illustrated by fine color drawings, covers the same topics in more detail and includes anatomical diagrams of both the larval and adult stages. Of the three Goldish titles, Walkingsticks will be the most useful; its close-ups are superior to those of Patrick Merrick's Walkingsticks (The Child's World, l997) and Emily K. Green's Walkingsticks (Children's Press, 2006) and it contains a detail not included in either of these titles-that some species have wings.-Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco PublicLibrary

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597165808
  • Publisher: Bearport Pub Co Inc
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: No Backbone! Series: The World of Invertebrates
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,329,175
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: IG780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.06 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Table of Contents

Making a Stink     4
A Skeleton on the Outside     6
Pretty Colors     8
A Needle-Sharp Beak     10
A Liquid Diet     12
Stinky Meals     14
Blending In     16
Starting Out     18
Growing Up     20
A World of Invertebrates     22
Glossary     23
Index     24
Read More     24
Learn More Online     24
About the Author     24
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