What Lives under the Carpet?

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Kids discover the creatures galore that creep in kitchen crevices, live under floorboards, hide in closets, hang from attic rafters, and scuttle on cellar floors. Here are roaches and earwigs, centipedes, beetles, and dust mites, woodworm beetles, termites, house spiders, moth caterpillars, and even bookworms. They all like to live as guests in different parts of people's homes. For kids who are fascinated by bugs, the large and colorful books in this series describe insects, spiders, and an assortment of other ...

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Overview

Kids discover the creatures galore that creep in kitchen crevices, live under floorboards, hide in closets, hang from attic rafters, and scuttle on cellar floors. Here are roaches and earwigs, centipedes, beetles, and dust mites, woodworm beetles, termites, house spiders, moth caterpillars, and even bookworms. They all like to live as guests in different parts of people's homes. For kids who are fascinated by bugs, the large and colorful books in this series describe insects, spiders, and an assortment of other creatures that creep, crawl, and fly—and that all live somewhere nearby. Descriptions are accompanied by much-enlarged color photos. Although kids will recognize many of the creepy-crawlies, they'll be inclined to think that some of the others are fugitives from a science fiction movie. Fortunately, many are harmless to people (some are actually beneficial), others are merely nuisances, and only a few are dangerous. In the pages of this two volume, kids will discover them all.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-These surveys profile dozens of small critters. Each chapter focuses on an area within its subject habitat, explaining what kinds of creatures can be found there and the conditions that attract them. The lively texts, with numerous sidebars, briefly describe some outstanding physical characteristics of the insects and their habits, diets, natural enemies, etc. Those featured include the grasshopper, earwig, and termite (Garden) and the silverfish, clothes moth, and Sydney funnelweb spider (Carpet). "Bug Alert!" sidebars provide miscellaneous facts about invertebrates that pose a particular threat to humans or their property. One or two sharply defined, color close-up photographs appear on every page; some creatures are many times their actual size and seem poised to leap out at readers. "Quiz Pages" offer anagrams, puzzle pictures, and questions and answers. Although none of the animals included is examined in any depth, the clearly written, well-organized texts offer some intriguing information. A minor flaw-not all of the scientific terms are defined as they appear. Sally Kneidel's Stinkbugs, Stick Insects & Stag Beetles (Wiley, 2000) covers some of the same animals in more detail but lacks the visceral impact of Woodward's titles, focused as they are on creatures that typically share readers' environments. With strong browser appeal, these volumes are entertaining additions to natural-history collections.-Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836878622
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Series: What Lives in... ? Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     4
What Lives in the Grass?     6
What Visits the Flowers?     12
What Buzzes around your Head?     18
What Lives in the Bushes?     20
What Sits on the Wall?     26
What Lives in the Vegetable Patch?     28
What Burrows through the Soil?     32
What Lives in the Pond?     34
What Hides in the Woodpile?     38
What Lives in the Compost Heap?     42
Quiz pages     44
Answers     46
Index     47
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