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Praying Mantises: Hungry Insect Heroes (Insect World) Library Binding – March 1, 2008

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“It is truly an insect’s world.” Veteran science writer Markle’s enthusiasm for her subject energizes this title about praying mantises that moves from a general summary of insect characteristics to the specifics of mantis anatomy, characteristics, and life cycle. Young readers will be drawn in by the animated tone (“The praying mantis reaches out fast. Gotcha!”), the numerous “fast fact” boxes, and the startling full-color, close-up photos of the insect in all its life stages; a shot of a mantis shedding its exoskeleton is particularly vivid. A glossary closes the book, but many concepts and terms are defined within the lively text. Some kids may need help with a few cursory references, such as those to animal classifications, but this well-written and illustrated entry in the Insect World series will find wide use in elementary science classes and as a personal reading choice for budding young entomologists. Grades 2-4. --Gillian Engberg

About the Author

Sandra Markle is the author of numerous critically acclaimed science books for children. A nationally known science teacher, Ms. Markle also authored the award-winning Animal Predator and Animal Scavenger series for Lerner Publications. She lives in New Zealand with her husband.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Series: Insect World
  • Library Binding: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Lerner Publications (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822573008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822573005
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,103,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Praying Mantises are really funky and fascinating creatures and after you read this book you'll be taking a much closer look at them. This insect is an arthropod. It has a body divided into segments, it has jointed legs and an exoskeleton. The praying mantis is a very helpful insect to mankind because it is, as the author so aptly puts it, a "super hunter" who goes after insect pests. In this book there are two double paged spreads of the female Chinese praying mantis. One is a photographic spread of the outside and the other is a cross section of the inside. Both are labeled with its parts and have a description of each.

The praying mantis goes through a three-stage incomplete metamorphosis. Its main task in life is to hunt (crunch, crunch!). In this book you will learn about how they mate, how they lay eggs, the egg case, how the nymphs cluster together when they hatch for protection, how they catch their meals, how they camouflage themselves, what they eat, their molting process, how they clean themselves, how they protect themselves from predators and their life span. Is it true the female praying mantises eat their mates? You'll have to read the book to find out!

This is a wonderful look at this helpful insect. There are marvelous close up photographs on every page and scattered "Mantis Facts" throughout the book. In the back of the book is a glossary, an index, a section on "mantises and other insect heroes," activities, and additional recommended book and website resources. This is one of eight books in the "Insect World Series," an excellent science series you might wish to consider for your library, classroom or homeschool shelves!
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By RainDance on January 2, 2015
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The grandsons have just about read the print off the pages.
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