Meet the inch-long bumblebee bat, the smallest bat species in the world. Each left-hand page poses a question to a little bat, such as, Bumblebee Bat, how do you see at night? The bat answers,I make a squeaky sound that bounces back from whatever it hits. I see by hearing. Beginning each question with the bat's memorable name heightens the pleasing sense of pattern in the text, which offers information that children can understand, but avoids overwhelming them with too many facts. Wynne, who illustrated Caroline Arnold's Super Swimmers (2007), contributes an appealing set of pictures that complement the text. The large-scale artwork, appearing on right-hand pages, shows the bat flying, feeding, escaping from a predator, entering a cave, and finally sleeping. The bumblebee bat's tiny size is apparent only when it is shown next to a bee or a butterfly. Delicate ink drawings are brightened with watercolors and colored pencils. The last spread offers a little more information about bumblebee bats. Phelan, Carolyn
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About the Author
Author: Darrin Lunde is a mammalogist for the American Museum of Natural History. Hello Bumblebee Bat and Meet the Meerkat are his first two children's books. Darrin lives in New York City. Illustrator: Patricia J. Wynne is an award-winning scientific illustrator whose illustrations have appeared in over 90 books, including Super Swimmers by Caroline Arnold. She lives in New York City, where she is an illustrator at the American Museum of Natural History.