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The Beetle Book Hardcover – April 3, 2012
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"Jenkins' splendid array of beetles will surely produce at least one budding coleopterist...distinguished both as natural history and work of art"--Kirkus, starred review
"Jenkins brings his signature style to the world of beetles...As always, the design of the book is exemplary."--Horn Book
"A richly varied and visually riveting introduction to beetles, both familiar and strange."--Booklist, starred review
"Jenkins's enthusiasm for his subject shines through in this rich and varied compendium."--School Library Journal, starred review
"Jenkins offers a wealth of information about beetles and presents it impeccably."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The combination of sophisticated look and highly visual approach makes this accessible to a wide audience, and this is one that'll certainly be picked up immediately if left strategically on a library table."--Bulletin
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Bright and colorful, Steve Jenkins has pulled together a great science book that gives all sorts of facts about beetles in a manner that's entertaining, and not overwhelming.
Jenkins uses illustrations in this book instead of photos. And most of the images of the huge variety of beetles that he introduces the reader to, are double in size.
Jenkins displays the various shapes and colors that beetles can have.
He also talks about their numbers, their body parts, their many abilities --like waging chemical warfare-- and facts about their senses, mating habits and more.
Truly there's a great deal of easily digested information in this book.
Overall I really like it. It's great edu-tainment and would be good for a classroom situation because the drawing are large.
Those that are looking for photos will have to look elsewhere. And I actually understand why Jenkins didn't go that route. There are so many beetles that in fact, seeing many of them 'in a photo', doesn't really help identify them. And as the book stands now, the artwork is exceedingly attractive and keeps the reader turning pages to see what's next.
The biggest drawback in my mind, is that the book is written at nearly the 6th grade level.
The book arrived in great condition.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a work worthy of the old Naturalist history. It is gorgeous and I love it but it is archaic in its focus on information.Published 11 months ago by Mom with Ph.D.
Pictures are very stunning. But text are the best of this book. We (me and my 6 y twin love every details about beetle in this book, very interesting. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sopana T.
My daughter loves bugs. After checking this book out from the library a few times, I decided she just needed her own copy.Published 18 months ago by Pamela
My 5-year-old LOVES this book. He LOVES the artwork and all of the information about the beetles. We totally recommend this book if you have a little one interested in nature.Published 18 months ago by C. Ott
Nephew loved it and I thought it was well designed the art work was excellent.Published 18 months ago by Carlos Flores
Great Pictures - I'm saving this for my one day little one. Also it's pretty informative.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
My 6-year old grandsons refer to this book; one of them just wrote a report using this as the resource. Very good.Published 18 months ago by simmie annandale