From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6-- A straightforward introduction to this popular feature of the San Francisco Zoo. Logically organized and clearly written, Meyers's text describes the insect zoo's design, the setting up and maintainance of exhibits, feeding the animals, monitoring their physical condition, breeding, and collecting specimens in the wild. She also includes a brief discussion of the general characteristics of the five main classes of arthropods and some special traits. Full-color photos accompany the narrative on almost every page, depicting about 20 different species. Unfortunately, the photography is disappointingly mediocre. Several shots are either blurred or so murky that little is visible, and often the photos do not match the text. Bender's Invertebrates (1988) and Hemsley's Jellyfish to Insects (1991, both Watts) are both better illustrated than this title and include diagrams of various animals' internal organs. However, this one does provide information on an unusual type of zoo exhibit that will help fill a gap, despite its inadequate illustrations. --Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Kirkus Reviews
The San Francisco Insect Zoo is home to thousands of insects and related arthropods (including arachnids, crustaceans, millipedes, and centipedes), displayed here in appealing color photos showing complete and incomplete metamorphosis--mating, hatching, forming of pupas, and emerging as adults. The accompanying text describes feeding, housing, collecting, and displaying insects; unfortunately, it is written in a dry, difficult style with neither diagrams nor glossary to help with specialized terms--though it introduces a unique treat: visiting the Zoo on its annual ``What's Bugging You? Day,'' and sampling an edible insect buffet. Interesting topic; less-than- satisfying presentation. Index. (Nonfiction. 10-12) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.