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THE INSECT BOOK; A Basic Guide to the Collection and Care of Common Insects for Young Children

Author: Connie Zakowski

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Publisher: Rainbow Books, Inc., © 1997

Material: paperback

Summary: This guidebook is jam-packed with interesting facts about insects and their habitat, and the author reminds us that "insect" is a better word than bug. For children interested in collecting and caring for common insects, there are hands-on projects. The book is a mini course in early biology. This is a practical guide for studying insects and teaching entymology.

Type of Reading: anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 9 to 12

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: This little book is a fine introduction to this small but vital world of insects. It has a wipe-able cover and is small enough for a small hand and an outing. It is clearly illustrated and, although not mentioned, would be good to trace the butterfly drawings so that the book is not marked. You can use the book progressively, starting with an insect youngsters would easily find on their everyday travels (i.e., home, garden, park, or street). The book should be paired with a magnifying glass, even just a small one. A good bibliography at the back is most useful- again for the home schooled. A very well thought out and planned book. I definitely recommend this book as a pocket guide gem.

Adult Reader Reaction: This guide boo iis well written and illustrated. The projects add a nice dimension that will make the material enjoyable, as well as educational.

Pros: This guidebook will be cherished by every child who is fascinated by insects. The vocabulary level is appropriate to the audience, the illustrations are clean and simple, and the projects are informative and fun to do.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, this is a useful resource. It's great for kids interested in bugs, but it's also valuable for parents. It will let you identify whether or not the monster in the Mason jar is as dangerous as it appears to be. Teen reviewer: It is a good library book because at $8.95, I find it expensive. This book is good for home schooling.

If You Liked This Book, Try: INSECTS ON DISPLAY; A Guide to Mounting and Displaying Insects   10 THINGS I CAN DO TO HELP MY WORLD   TAKE A CITY NATURE WALK (Talk a Walk Book Series)

Educational Themes: This book is written for children who are fascinated by insects. It has valuable information about most common insects, their life cycle, and habitat. There are myriads of hands-on projects that broaden and reinforce the text and illustrations. The book is an excellent resource for insect lovers.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - nature, animals, interactive learning

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2008

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