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Ladybugology (Backyard Buddies) Hardcover – December, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 970L (What's this?)
  • Series: Backyard Buddies
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (December 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157505051X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575050515
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 9.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,475,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5?Two series entries that encourage kids to observe and inquire into the lives of some of our most commonly found creatures. Both books provide a great deal of scientific information, as do many other existing works. What makes these titles different is their aim to foster children's natural curiosity and get them to think about the world around them. Each book has a section in which elementary-school children pose questions such as "Do Caterpillars Get Dizzy?" and devise experiments to answer them. Some of the experiments prove to be inconclusive, but they still provide a solid grounding in the scientific method and encourage young readers to think for themselves. The books also provide suggestions of places, such as local nature groups, where children can obtain further information. Also included are instructions for capturing caterpillars and ladybugs for observation and a reminder to release them when the experiments are over. The books are visually appealing with clear texts and detailed drawings. Photos of kids with the insects add to the appeal. The information here is more than adequate for report needs but the books are also great for casual reading, and enterprising students might even find a few interesting science-project ideas. Good (and slightly different) additions to natural history sections.?Arwen Marshall, New York Public Library
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From Kirkus Reviews

Ladybugs are the perfect bug for a pet. On the creepiness scale, they are fairly benign; they're easy to identify; they neither sting nor bite; nor do they infest people's domiciles. For this entry in the Backyard Buddies series, Ross (Bug Watching with Charles Henry Turner, 1997, etc.) includes some good facts about ladybugs and their care, defining their scientific names and covering some ladybug lore. Sadly, the information that will intrigue readers is lost in a muddle of mediocre experiments and what reads as filler, e.g., writing down all there is to observe about a ladybug (``it's red'') may encourage scientific observation, but it may also strike some as busy work. The full- color photographs are helpful; the illustrations are sometimes informative, and other times clumsily executed cartoons. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-10) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By aa-Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
Whether you homeschool, supplement, or teach in a school, you should take a look at this book. I think it's a great resource that will get your or your children's investigative "juices" flowing.

The approach of this book is very much 'how-to". The author covers the usual bug information -- life cycle, body parts, what they eat, and what eats them, etc-- but he also eggs you on, out into the field to study ladybugs in their natural environment.

In addition, there are hints for how to keep ladybugs as a pet and for how long. (They need to be released, of course, so we can have more ladybugs).

You are also given some ideas on how to make an exercise gym for your colony, how to race them, etc. All of these tasks/play allow children to incorporate math, writing, and arts and crafts practice with learning... making it fun.

Pam T~
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy Aldrich on May 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is our third encounter with the Backyard Buddies series and I have to say, I'm quite pleased with what we have read thus far. Ladybugology offers both explanations and hands on activity opportunities for kids that are simple but engaging for kids ages 4-8 (should be minimally parent/teacher supervised). Ladybugology starts out with the basics of what Ladybugology is and a brief bit about where to find ladybugs -- their homes and an activity designed to give kids an up close look at where and how ladybugs live -- with leaf patrol and the Ladybug Lodge. From there it goes into several pages of activities that kids can try some are hands on, but at this point most are imagination exercises...most of the hands on and experimenting exercises come later in the book after more educational information has been given.

Ladybugology encourages hands exploration, fact finding, and questioning by children well before they get into the more lengthy scientific information on spiders, which I think is good...I mean, the book DOES give out some basics before sending kids out to explore habitats and ladybugs themselves, so they aren't staring out totally without basic information. To my way of thinking, this "phase" is designed to stimulate a keen interest, encourage children to formulate questions which they will likely be able to answer either directly through the reading or as a result of "experiments" done later in the book.

What I like about this series is the way the information is presented, because the children are encouraged to gather information, formulate questions and do some minor observation prior to doing the "book learning" reading in the book, they come into it with and keep sense of curiosity.
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By singer on July 16, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
goes well in ladybug unit for school and first grade
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