“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
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.