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Grade 4-6. This profusely illustrated introduction surveys over 100 assorted insects and arachnids. A preface describes the animals' general characteristics, some special anatomical features, and the major differences between the two classes. The bulk of the material is organized into eight chapters, each of which concentrates on a group of creatures that share certain characteristics. For instance, one chapter examines insect predators such as mantids and dragonflies, while another looks at members of the order Lepidoptera. Each chapter begins with a general discussion of the subject and a greatly enlarged, full-color photo of a representative species. An illustrated "catalog" of about a dozen different invertebrates follows. The text is concise and well organized, but some information is unclear. For example, in referring to the mating behavior of the crab spider, the text reads, "This spider...does not make webs, but the smaller males sometimes use their silk to tie the females down before mating." Without some prior knowledge of spider behavior, the sentence is unclear?females sometimes mistake the smaller males as prey, and that is the purpose of their binding the females. Laurence Mound's Insect (Knopf, 1990) offers similar information; however, Johnson's book is more tightly organized and it covers a number of species not included elsewhere. More detailed information on a greater number of spiders is available in Jennifer Dewey's Spiders Near and Far (Dutton, 1993). Despite the book's aforementioned minor flaws, this will be a useful guide to the insect world.?Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 3^-5. This large-format book identifies families of insects in short paragraphs of text accompanied by large-scale, full-color paintings and photographs. Well-labeled diagrams identify the body types and parts common to many insects and spiders. Within each large category (flies, beetles, etc.), a double-page spread focuses on one member of the group, such as the honeybee or dragonfly, offering a closer look at its stages of development, habits, and special characteristics. Crisp and well-designed, this is an inviting visual introduction to insects and arachnids. Carolyn Phelan
My daughter loves this book! It is fantastic. Not dumbed down, and not over her head. She got it when she was 4 and loved looking at the pictures. She is now 6. Read morePublished 3 months ago by e&asmommy
I bought this for my then 4, now 5 year old daughter. She loves this book immensely and it is one of her go-to bedtime favourites. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Penelope Black
Our 12 year old bug lover spends hours pouring over this book. Lots of detail and things to look at!Published 5 months ago by amazongirl
Very informative book. Bought this for a bug fanatic who is 5 and he seemed to really enjoy it.Published 5 months ago by J. Ercul
My little son loves this book! The pictures and descriptions are clear and easy to understand.Published 8 months ago by Mariella
Bought this for my insect/spider loving almost 4 year old for Christmas. He LOVES it. Really nice picture and descriptions of bugs. Hours of entertainment.Published 8 months ago by Deanna Schager