Zipping, Zapping, Zooming Bats

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Bats fly into the spotlight in this exploration of such basics as where the live, how mothers raise their pups, and how they hunt for food. Included as well is a simple plan for a building a backyard bat house.

1995 "Pick of the Lists" (ABA)
Best Children's Science Books 1995 (Science Books and Films)

Provides basic facts about the behavior of bats and describes ...

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Overview

Bats fly into the spotlight in this exploration of such basics as where the live, how mothers raise their pups, and how they hunt for food. Included as well is a simple plan for a building a backyard bat house.

1995 "Pick of the Lists" (ABA)
Best Children's Science Books 1995 (Science Books and Films)

Provides basic facts about the behavior of bats and describes how they benefit the environment.

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Children's Literature - Dia L. Michels
Bats, the only flying mammals, are fascinating, gentle creatures. Their nightly meal of 3000 insects (equivalent to a 60-pound child consuming 125 peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches) helps rid the planet of insects that eat us as well as the crops we depend on. Bats not only dine heartily, but they are one of the only animals that use their tails to eat. We learn how incredible bats' ears are-they can hear the sound of a cricket walking-and how they use echolocation to navigate through darkness. We also learn how humans destroy bat's homes by cutting down forests and closing off attics. The Bat Facts section is filled with fascinating tidbits, like Thailand's Hog-Nosed Bat, the size of a bumblebee, is the world's smallest mammal, while Flying Foxes are enormous bats with wingspans six feet across. Also included in the book are instructions for building a backyard bat house. A "Let's Read-&-Find-Out Science Book" -Stage 2.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4An easy-to-read, basic introduction to the behavior and characteristics of bats. Rather than concentrating on a single species as Barbara Bash does in Shadows of Night (Sierra Club, 1993), Earle provides a more general overview of these fascinating flying mammals. She stresses the ecological role they play in the reduction of harmful insects and tries to dispel negative myths about them. The attractive acrylic and colored-pencil illustrations clearly reinforce the material presented in the text. In addition, information is provided on how people can help these creatures, which species are endangered, and building bat houses to attract them.Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN
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Meet the Author

Ann Earle is on the faculty of St. Michael's College. She often watches bats fly over her backyard at night. This is her first book for children. Ms. Earle lives in Richmond, VT.

Henry Cole teaches elementary science at The Langley School. This is the first of many books to come from this talented new artist. Mr. Cole live in Reston, VA.

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