From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5. An appealing book, inspired by Squire's move to a large old house and resultant encounters with local wildlife indoors and out. Divided into chapters on birds, insects, mammals, and reptiles and amphibians, the questions range from woodpecker tongues to dragonfly eyes, from cicada cycles to a squirrel's life span. The questions are logical, the answers accurate, and the writing style conversational. Organization leaves a tad to be desired, as not all of the information about various creatures is grouped together. The index will help readers seeking a particular snippet, but having all data on a single critter in one sequence is more logical. The black-and-white sketches are realistic, accurate, and appealing. A pleasant little book to have on the porch on a summer evening, along with a frosty pitcher of real lemonade and a few jam jars for hunting fireflies.?Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Gr. 3^-6. Quiet and unpretentious, with no glossy color pictures but with precise black-and-white drawings, this small, attractive book is an immensely readable, fact-filled account of the birds, insects, mammals, amphibians, and other creatures children might see in their own backyards. The question-and-answer format makes browsing easy and will keep kids reading, in the classroom and on their own. These are things you might wonder about or might not have thought to ask about: Why don't birds sing in the winter? Are bats really blind? Does a snail ever outgrow its shell? The answers aren't just snippets of data but are quite detailed information about animal physiology and behavior. The combination of casual style, excellent black-and-white drawings, and remarkable facts makes this science an exciting part of everyday life. Hazel Rochman
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