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Outside And Inside Bats Hardcover – November 1, 1997

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Lexile Measure: 970L (What's this?)
  • Series: Outside and Inside
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum; 1st edition (November 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689811659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689811654
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,228,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

Sandra Markle, author of more than 36 nonfiction books for children and a former elementary school teacher, brings her expertise to this magnificent exploration of the world of bats. The simple language and easy-to-follow explanations ("Check out the W-shaped back teeth of this insect-eating Nyctalus bat. They're just right for crushing and slicing crunchy insects into a lumpy bug pudding.") make Outside and Inside Bats a pleasure to read and a fun way to learn about one of the most curious animals in the world. The in-depth descriptions examine everything from the inner workings of a vampire bat's intestines to the structure of a bat's bones. You'll find out why some bats rely on hearing and others on sight and smell, why a bat's wings are different than a bird's, and how baby bats are born. The abundant close-up, full-color photographs and helpful glossary make this an excellent introduction to bats and to biology in general. (Ages 6 to 10)

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6. Markle engages readers as she describes many aspects of bat bodies and compares them to humans: "Bat wings are skin stretched over a hand that bends as freely as your fingers." Beginning with the wings, the author moves on to describe the small creatures' fur and bones, sounds, hearing and echolocation, sense of smell, eating and digestion, use of oxygen, and care of the young. Well-chosen and beautifully executed full-color photographs are integrally connected to the text. Views of bats in flight reveal the bone structure in the translucent wings and demonstrate the use of senses in locating food. A tiny vampire bat feeds at a wound made in the much larger foot of a bird, and there are true-to-life pictures of the internal organs and a color-enhanced photograph of a bat embryo. The slim format limits the amount of information provided. Readers will want to know more about the amazing variety of faces revealed by the many different species that are featured. The eyes and vision receive cursory treatment, and, unaccountably, there's no discussion of bats as nocturnal animals though the black backgrounds of many action photos suggest that flying, hunting, and eating do occur at night. Despite its limitations, the presentation is a lucid and lively introduction that nicely complements several more informative overviews that don't provide these internal views. The final two pages of text include an address for ordering instructions for building bat houses and a list of questions prompting reader reflection on several of the photographs.?Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author


Sandra Markle is the author of more than 200 books for children, such as A Mother's Journey (Charlesbridge, 2006), How Many Baby Pandas (Walker, 2009), The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs (Millbrook, 2011), Butterfly Tree (Peachtree Publishing, 2011). She has won numerous awards for this work, including Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book, SB& F finalist, John Burroughs List of Nature Books for Young Readers, Junior Library Guild Selection, Orbis Pictus Recommended Book, Charlotte Zolotow Award, and MORE.
She was honoured with the title of "Best of Children's Non-Fiction" Georgia Author Of The Year award five times and was named one of 1999's Women of the Year by Women in Technology International for her contributions to science and technology.

In addition to her books, Sandra Markle has developed science specials for CNN and PBS. She is also noted for developing On-Line Expedition: Antarctica, one of the first on-line educational programs and continued adding further on-line reports from Antarctica while working on book projects in 1996 and 1999 as a grantee for the National Science Foundation's Artists and Writers Program.

Reviewers have heaped praise on Markle's books, including:
Outside and Inside Bats "The author presents a particularly felicitous accord of words and pictures in an outstanding science book for the primary grades." The Horn Book Magazine
Outside and Inside Alligators "This newest installment of the Outside and Inside series adds another fine book to a top-notch series." Bookselling This Week, a Kid's Pick of the Lists
Outside and Inside Dinosaurs It's like sitting down with a dinosaur expert who happens to be a great teacher." The Horn Book Magazine

Sandra Markle remains proudest, though, of the praise she has received in fan mail from children. She's happy to fulfill the requests of the young readers that urge her to "please write more."

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book contains information on bats ranging from birth, to bones, to wings, to intestines. Full color photographs keep children interested, and a glossary provides help for the unfamiliar words. Even students with reading difficulties enjoy looking through this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Avid reader on October 9, 2008
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'Outside and Inside' books are great! My 5th grader has asked me to purchase five of these books so far (bats, killer bees, birds, giant squid and mummies). They are great, but some of the photos are a bit graphic, so i can't recommend them for very small children. However, your 2nd-grade and up kids who like to be grossed-out sometimes will love them! They are very infomative and have been a great addition to our homeschool library.
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