- Age Range: 10 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 5 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 1010L (What's this?)
- Series: Scientists in the Field Series
- Hardcover: 80 pages
- Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780547199566
- ISBN-13: 978-0547199566
- ASIN: 0547199562
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,358,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Bat Scientists (Scientists in the Field Series) Hardcover – September 6, 2010
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Gr 5-8–This series entry takes readers along with Merlin Tuttle and a crew of BCI (Bat Conservation International) into bat caves and bridges, trees and houses to study these agile flitterers. Carson's readable, informative text dispels the ugly myths that have haunted these nocturnal hunter/gatherers, detailing bats' usefulness to humankind from gobbling up mosquitoes to scarfing down corn earworm moths to pollinating a multitude of plants throughout the rain forest. Replete with superb close-ups of big ears, hairless pups, furrowed faces, and fragile wings, the text describes the damage done by humans to bat environments and the ravages of white-nose syndrome, and tells of efforts to restore and protect hibernating sites and maternity colonies. Readers not ready for this richness of detail should enjoy Laurence Pringle's Handsome Bats (Boyds Mills, 2000), while those wanting more can plunge into Sandra Markle's elegant Inside and Outside Bats (S & S/Atheneum, 1997). Readers in the “more, more, more” contingent can investigate Karen Taschek's more challenging Hanging with Bats (Univ. of Mexico Press, 2008). A strong scientific look at a unique and often unloved mammal and the scientists who happily investigate them.–Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
*Starred Review* With clear, informal prose and beautiful close-up color photos on every double-page spread, this exciting title in the Scientists in the Field series follows a team of dedicated bat specialists. Along the way, Carson dispels popular myths about the often maligned animals with solid information: bats are not blind, very few drink blood, and they are important pest controllers. The color photographs, including many full-page images, are spellbinding, from the image of a Texas cave filled with millions of adult bats to a close-up view of a single, walnut-sized baby. Many facts will be new to most readers—bats are the only mammals that fly; more than one-fifth of all the roughly 5,000 mammal species are bats—and young people will be easily drawn in by Carson’s lucid, fascinating explanations of concepts and her vivid descriptions of scientists at work. The conservation message is urgent: bats’ habitats are quickly disappearing because of overhunting, tourism, mining, and many other human-related causes. Whether describing the physics of echolocation or the present crisis of white-nose syndrome, Carson encourages readers to rethink stereotypes about creatures once scorned as flying vermin and shows how intricately their survival is tied to our own. Extensive back matter, including a glossary and a bibliography of books and Web sites, closes this standout resource. Grades 7-10. --Hazel Rochman
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Working In The Dark
Changing Minds, Rescuing Bats
Building Bat Homes
Discovering Bats' Secrets
There is an index(!), an appendix with websites and books, and a definitions list.
The photography is excellent. The photograph on pg. 29 of one of the scientists feeding milk to a rescued baby red bat is worth a thousand words!
Even though I've appreciated bats for a long time, I learned some things from this book. It is the beetles in caves (which feed on bat guano) that produce the deadly ammonia gas as a waste product. A few bats prefer hollow trees instead of crevices or bat houses to roost so the scientists are experimenting with artificial towers.
If anyone needs one more reason bats are important - tequila. Bats are the main pollinators of several agave species, including agave tequilana--the tequila plant. Some folks think that without bats we would no longer have agave tequilana.
While there are other bat organizations active (Organization For Bat Conservation, e.g.), the author focuses only on BCI. There are mentions of federal and state agencies usually in conjunction with BCI.
I mean, let's face it, bats aren't known as being especially handsome creatures. But photographer Tom Uhlman, with a combination of in-your-face close-ups and impressive vistas, has rendered bats majestic, personable, even cute.
But the heart of The Bat Scientists is Mary Kay Carson's informative, easy-to-understand text. Her subject here is twofold: she imparts a vast amount of knowledge about bats and, as the title suggests, an equal amount of detail on the people who study them, strive to protect them and do their best to explode the myths that lead people to fear, hate and kill them.
by Tom Knapp, the Rambles.(net) guy