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Bats Paperback – September 1, 2000

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-A clever format and succinctly written text distinguish this offering by a prolific author. Gibbons describes bats' general physical characteristics, special traits of some half-dozen species, flying methods, use of echolocation, diet, natural habitats, hibernation, and the birth and development of young. She also discusses the decimation of bats around the world due to loss of habitats and pollution and the efforts to protect the world's only truly flying mammals. A final page offers additional miscellaneous facts. The text is clearly written and well organized. Scientific terms such as "nocturnal," "membrane," and "roosts" are clearly defined in context. Double borders enclose vivid paintings of bats in their natural habitats. While Ann Earle's Zipping, Zapping, Zooming Bats (HarperCollins, 1995) and Betsy Maestro's Bats: Night Fliers (Scholastic, 1994) cover similar ground, Gibbons's title makes an appealing addition to natural history sections.
Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library
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Taking issue with the unkind and untrue things said about bats through the years, Gibbons presents children with a more favorable introduction to the species. The text clearly describes the many types of bats as well as their physical characteristics, habits, and life cycle. Deep-toned illustrations dominate the pages, showing bats in action against midnight-blue or moonlit skies. The occasional splashes of color light up brilliantly against the dark backgrounds. Well suited for classroom use, this book makes a good case for bats as an admirable part of the natural world. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 750 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823416372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823416370
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What an OUTSTANDING book!! We like Gail Gibbons but often find her books a bit wordy for our newly 3-year old. It's not a problem to just talk about the photos or edit narrative for the age of the child, of course, but the perfect balance of this book, BATS, is what makes it such a fabulous find. The illustrations are both realistic and varied, and the narrative strikes the perfect balance between presentation of interesting and relevant fact, and length of text. Our daughter loves bats and this was a perfect book for our family. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! In our opinion, approx. age range 2.5 - 8 years.
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Bats examines different kinds of bats, their abilities, and how bats fit into the world, providing whimsical yet accurate drawings of bats to accompany the basic facts of their world-wide distribution and natural history. No photos, but the coverage is wider-ranging than many.
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By L. Brown on November 18, 2007
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This past halloween, my 4 yr. old was learning about bats at pre-school, so we went to the library and checked this book out. He was so disappointed when we returned it, that I had to buy it for him. My 7 yr.old son enjoyed it as well. This book balances accessible written information just right with detailed drawings of a wide variety of bats. If your pre-schooler to grade 3 child is interested in bats, this is a good buy.
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Gail Gibbons writes wonderful nonfiction animal books. She's informative and entertaining. I've learned to seek out her books when designing my science units (first grade). It's excellent for young bat lovers!
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Great book. Good content and pictures. Enjoyable and informative non-fiction from the queen of the same - Gail Gibbons
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Bats... people seem to love them or hate them. Regardless of our feelings toward them, it is undeniable that bats play an important role in ecosystems. They consume billions of insects every night. In the US, it is estimated that bats save farmers 3-50 BILLION dollars a year in both the reduction of insect damage to crops, and in the reduction of insecticides used on crops. Bats are invaluable pollinators and seed dispersers. And with that, humans replay bats with loathing and destruction.

This book, Bats, by Gail Gibbons, is a very good overview of bat anatomy and behavior. Published in 1999, it seems a bit out of date given the impacts of two new issues on bat populations. The first is the impact of wind energy developments on bat mortality. Tens of thousands of bats are killed every year due to their interactions with wind turbines. The second issue is even newer. In 2006, a new fungal disease called White Nose Syndrome, apparently transferred from Europe to the US, has killed over a million eastern bats, and the disease is moving west.

For the adult reader, consider America's Neighborhood Bats: Understanding and Learning to Live in Harmony with Them.
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Terrific for close reads in classes and informative text for reading groups or just for the animal lover in our lives. Lots of great facts with marvelous pictures.
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I bought this for my 6 year old for school. It was on his 'core' list of books to read in 1st grade. He seems to be enjoying it
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