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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Bat Loves the Night by Nicola Davies, illus. by Sarah Fox-Davies, follows the pipstrelle bats' nocturnal wanderings. Dusky watercolor-and-pencil illustrations add enigmatic beauty; bat facts appear in a different typeface and illuminate the narrative. Pencil sketches on the endpapers label different kinds of bats with their common and scientific names.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 3-A charming and informative story about a pipistrelle bat. With Fox-Davies's delicately detailed illustrations, the world of this tiny creature is truly brought to life. While the large-print story unfolds as the bat awakens and flies out into the night, the author also includes some scientific tidbits that appear in smaller type. Davies offers vivid descriptions of the animal's flight, its navigational skills, and the hunt for food. She explains how a bat's senses of hearing and smell are most important to its survival and how it cares for its young. This beautiful and fact-filled selection is distinguished by excellent writing and art.

Cynde Marcengill, formerly at Horry County Memorial Library, Surfside Beach, SC

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Series: Read and Wonder
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1 edition (August 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763624381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763624385
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.1 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
"Bat is waking, upside down as usual, hanging by her toenails. Her beady eyes open. Her pixie ears twitch. She shakes her thistledown fur..." So begins Nicola Davies marvelous picture book introduction to the world of bats. Follow mother bat as she awakens at dusk, flies out into the night hunting and searching for food, then returns home at sunrise to feed her batling, and sleep again until nightfall. Ms Davies combines a simple and evocative story line with interesting scientific information, fun facts, and trivia. Find out where bats live, how they hang upside down so effortlessly, their special body features, how they navigate at night by echolocation, what they eat, how they hunt... Sarah Fox-Davies' quiet and eloquent illustrations complement the text beautifully, and bring this mysterious little creature and its habitat to life. Perfect for emerging readers, Bat Loves The Night is non-fiction at its very best, and is a fascinating and intriguing book budding scientists will want to study, pore over, and read again and again.
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i agree with the fact that it is a story that reads like an encyclopedia...my boys really like it and it's not so dry that i enjoy reading it again and again to them! beautiful pictures too! just right for my 6 & 4 year olds even when they were 4 & 2!
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Nicola writes in such a spare and poetic style that she must capture the imagination of each child who reads it, or has it read to her. She offers facts about this bat breed as she weaves her story, and topped with delicate artwork, it's just perfect.
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Very educational and nice artwork. Could combine with a unit on nocturnal animals, mammals, Halloween, day/night, sound, etc. I might pair it with a bat craft or even making a diorama of a bat and its needs with some glow in the dark touches of course... or even a short video clip showing a bat catching a moth ;-) I also definitely show kids what fox bats look like - they are so cute and cuddly. Overall, this book is appropriate for kindergarten and higher since there are so many words on a page and its paperback. I wish this book was available in a hardback for longevity.
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Format: Hardcover
The beautifully written story manages to combine a ton of information about bats with a cute little story, and the illustrations are the best! My little GIRLS love this story and make me read it over and over. It reads like a story but offers information like an encyclopedia.
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This book is an incredibly rare combination of poetic language, valid scientific information, and beautiful illustrations. I bought this for my then 5-year-old, and she loves it...but my preschooler REALLY loves it, so much so that she now has a little bat hanging from the ceiling in her room. (Near the window of course!)

Her father and I like it so much that we actively seek out other books by this author and illustrator.
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Format: Hardcover
I was looking for a living book about bats that was both informative and interesting for my preschoolers, as we are doing nature study about bats. This book is poetic, beautifully illustrated and informative at the same time. Perfect for preschoolers or young elementary ages.
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gave this book to my great nephew for christmas and he was surprised and very pleased
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