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Insect (DK Eyewitness Books) Hardcover – August 9, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: DK Eyewitness Books
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN; Later Printing edition (August 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756606926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756606923
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,073,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

These new series entries are sure to attract browsers and students researching assignments. Each double-page spread consists of concise, yet lively and readable text and numerous excellent quality, full-color, captioned photographs, drawings, and diagrams. Technical words are defined in context, eliminating the need for a glossary. The history and types of currency around the world are explored in Money, including modern finances such as credit cards. Fish and Insects explore the anatomy, behavior, and ecology of those creatures, with a heavy emphasis on popular species, such as sharks. Fossil details how fossils are formed and what man has learned about life on Earth from discovering them. The sections on early paleontology, fossil folklore, and the tools of paleontology are particularly well done. Attractive additions to the nonfiction shelves. --Susan H. Williamson, Homer-Center School District, PA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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...a mini museum between the covers of a book. [Eyewitness series] -- The New York Times

These books' striking visual impact will draw in even the most casual readers. [Eyewitness series] -- School Library Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Love these DK books for my classroom (5th and 6th grade gifted, math and science).
Roderic Rinehart
Perhaps most importantly of all, it encourages children to look for further information, and directs them to good sources (including the bugs in their own backyards!).
Pdecordoba
Eyewitness books are wonderful with all the pictures and detailed descriptions of bugs.
Julia

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I'm a teacher and I find the Eyewitness books highly educational. I like the way the concepts are presented in a form without backgrounds. This gives clear facts to the reader without over taxing the attention span. The books are highly informative, presenting difficult concepts in comprehendable chunks that stimulate interest. I have almost the whole collection for my own children and they LOVE them!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JasonJMP on April 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My son was covering "bugs" in preschool, so I picked up this book. Knowing it was going to be really for older kids, I wasnt sure he was going to like it. These books are so well designed however that for 2 weeks now, he requests the "bug" book every night before bed. The only problem is that the pictures are so detailed and zoomed in that some of the images gives my wife and I the heebeegeevees.

The other great thing, is that this book will be a great book from him to grow into.

We are picking up more!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Both my children, 5 and 2 love this book and all the others that we have purchased in this series. The pictures are fantastic and the text informative. Depending on which child I read to, I either just point at the picture and tell them what it is or read them some of the text. My older child is fascinated at even the most detailed information...not that many kids that age know how to say and describe metamorphosis (in fact I couldn't remember the word now and I ran to ask my son what it was!) but mine does. Later, when they can read, I know that they are going to love going to even more detail by reading the books themselves. And when my children ask me questions, then these books are great to look up answers you don't know. These books are excellent!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
Most Eyewitness Books begin with a definition or perspective on the subject of the specific book. This one, an introduction to insects, begins with a discussion of "The parts of an insect." The discussion (Pages 6-7) proceeds from wing to internal anatomy to thorax to antennae, with all manner of tidbits in between. This reminds me of why I'm not dons of insects!

The next subject is the distinction between "What is an insect?" and "These are not insects." The answer to the former question begins with a simple statement that (Page 8) "Insects are the most successful creatures in the whole of the animal kingdom." Kind of puts us mammals in our place. . . . Insects are defined as arthropods (having "a hard, protective exoskeleton") with six legs. Most, too, have wings. How many insects are there? Maybe more than 1,000,000 (million) species are already known. Not insects? Scorpions, prawns, tarantulas, centipedes, earthworms, and wood lice.

Enough for introductions. What does the rest of this volume, again written for the 8-12 year old young reader, address? There is discussion of the first insects (emerging 300,000,000 years ago), an insect's senses, feeding, and metamorphosis. There is also discussion of some of the main types of insects, such as butterflies and moths, beetles, flies, wasps and their kin, and so on.

The book concludes with some perspective, including contributions that insects make.

All in all, a very satisfying entry into the Eyewitness Books series. Young readers with any interest in insects will find this an attractive volume.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This would be a great book for use in elementary school science classes. It has a wonderful layout, with many beautiful photographs (if insects can be called beautiful). The text, mixed nicely with the pictures, covers basic information on insects as well as various interesting facts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Wolf on July 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The DK Eyewitness books are good picture books, not so much information. The information presented is sort of scattered and even as an overview is a bit muddled. That being said, it is visually interesting and my son loves it (and his other DK books). In my opinion the Insect DK is one of the better of the series because there are even more pictures.
Be aware that the cd included just has some very simple clip art that can be found free on the internet, so it really is just a gimmick "bonus feature".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larissa on September 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is a bit too advanced for my 5 year old boy to read and understand right now. He might not be able to read the book but he LOVES all the pictures. I'm happy that he got this. It's a book that he will enjoy for years.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Campbell on February 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have an avid seven year old reader. With all the little captions and detailed drawing, etc- he has been reading and rereading this book and loving it.
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