Written for early and middle readers (grades 3-6), The Insect book is a basic guide to the collection and care of common insects. Fully illustrated, The Insect Book covers the supplies needed by the beginni8ng collector, how to capture insects and gather their foods, how to identify common insects and their foods, how to identify what caterpillars will become, how to recognize insects to avoid, a bibliography of other books children can read on the subject of insects, and a glossary of terms and insect names with pronunciations. The Insect Book is informative, exceptionally well organized, and perfect for field trips as well as summer-time fun!
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5This simply written, practical text describes the equipment needed; techniques for capturing specimens; and instructions for their housing and care. About two thirds of the book consists of a simplified field guide to 28 common insects, 18 of which are butterflies and moths. Each page focuses on identifying a particular insect's body structure, special markings, and coloring. A clear pen-and-ink drawing accompanies the description, while smaller sketches of what the invertebrate eats and where to find it appear at the bottom of the page. Safety warnings are liberally sprinkled throughout. While clearly written for the most part, there are some omissions. The term "metamorphosis" itself is never mentioned, and the four stages of development (egg, larva, pupa, adult) are not discussed in detail. Caterpillars are described but are not clearly identified in the text as "larvae" (this term is defined later in the glossary). The text erroneously states that when collecting a chrysalis one must handle it carefully so that the "larva" inside won't be crushed; the correct term for this stage is "pupa." An earwig's "pinchers" are said to be "at its mouth," however, they are located at the animal's abdomen. Despite the aforementioned flaws, The Insect Book will help fill a gap for younger readers yearning for uncuddly pets.Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library