Young Naturalist's Handbook: Insect-Lo-Pedia - Book #3

Young Naturalist's Handbook: Insect-Lo-Pedia - Book #3

by Matthew Reinhart
     
 
Did you know that when in danger a dragonfly nymph can make a quick escape by shooting a jet of water from its rear end? This entertaining and educational insect picture book is crawling with bugs, bugs, and more bugs! The world's creepy, crawly, and sometimes crunchy critters' lives, habits, bodies, defenses, etc. are all explored. You may find out more than you ever

Overview

Did you know that when in danger a dragonfly nymph can make a quick escape by shooting a jet of water from its rear end? This entertaining and educational insect picture book is crawling with bugs, bugs, and more bugs! The world's creepy, crawly, and sometimes crunchy critters' lives, habits, bodies, defenses, etc. are all explored. You may find out more than you ever wanted to such as, a female cockroach mates only once, but stays pregnant for the rest of her life! Better not read this book at nightwouldn't want the bedbugs to bite!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Young Naturalist's Handbook: Insect-lo-pedia by Matthew Reinhart, an addition to his other handbooks, Beetles and Butterflies, takes a lighthearted look at creepy-crawlies. The volume examines everything from their common anatomy to peculiarities of individual species. Young mantids, for instance, can actually regrow a lost leg and Bombardier beetles spray attackers with a gas heated to nearly 100 degree F. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This dense picture book is bursting with facts about insects, the only winged invertebrates on earth. Diagrams and text on initial pages highlight basic anatomy and function, the life cycle, communication, defense, and evolution. Using informative text and catchy headings, Reinhart then introduces young naturalists to some of the one million species of insects. "Have you seen Larry?" heads a paragraph on a camouflaged Indian leaf butterfly. "Pump up the volume!" connects insect culture to human experience in describing the mole cricket's use of underground tunnels to amplify his mating calls. The pages are packed with intriguing details of insect appearance, habitat, and behavior. Scientific names and the small text gear the book to an older reader. But the whimsical drawings in bright pinks, blues, and greens are more appropriate for a younger reader. With illustrations scattered over the page, it is sometimes hard to determine which text accompanies a particular drawing. The book closes with an interesting discussion of insects' symbolic and material importance in human cultures, then a short section on the extinction of species. Most seven-year-olds will find the text daunting, although the book is listed as a picture book for readers seven to nine. Recommended for readers nine and up with a sense of humor. 2003, Hyperion Books for Children, Ages 9 up.
—Ann Philips
School Library Journal
Gr 2-6-This busy, slim book introduces an array of bugs from bristletails to weevils. Reinhart opens with a general description of insect characteristics, bodies, behavior, and history and then goes on to highlight some 26 families. He concludes with informative, comical commentary on the study and conservation of insects. The peach-colored pages are filled with facts, odd bits of miscellany, jokes, and scientific names. Pen-and-ink and watercolor sketches are scattered throughout and include quasi-realistic views and cartoons. This title won't replace a field guide, but it is a useful compendium that's fun for browsing.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Plainly intent on cramming the heads of budding naturalists with insect facts while communicating his own enthusiasm for the critters, Reinhart sandwiches quick looks at 26 sorts, from bristletails and cockroaches to ants and butterflies, between general comments on their common characteristics, and their medical, gustatory, and ecological relationships with us. He tries too hard, forcing jocular commentary into nearly every factoid-"Moths and butterflies release chemical messages called pheromones into the air that other moths can smell and understand. Smells like love in the air!"-using largely exotic rather than familiar examples, and packing the pages with anthropomorphic cartoon figures that too often emphasize wit over accuracy. There is plenty of good, basic information here, but all the yuks are more distraction than enhancement: for entertainment value, go with Douglas Florian's same-titled poetry collection; for straight dope on our six-legged planet-mates, there are any number of choices. Reinhart offers no back matter, either. (Nonfiction. 9-11)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786805594
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
09/01/2002
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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