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Big Brown Bat Hardcover – August 19, 2008

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Grade 1–3—One summer evening, when "the sky belongs to night creatures," brown bats swarm from a farmhouse attic, leaving behind one bat who soon gives birth. Simple explanations and realistic paintings follow the young bat through the summer weeks of growing to maturity. It's the birthing season, and several babies now huddle for warmth through the night, crying for the return of their mothers. Before long the featured youngster is ready to fly and fumbles through his first attempts to master hunting. There's a bit of explanation of bat physiology and more emphasis on the animal's use of sound to identify food and communicate. As fall comes, the bats depart from the farmhouse to roost in an underground cave to hibernate before beginning the cycle once more. Why don't they stay in their warm, safe attic? No explanation is offered, though a concluding page gives a bit more information about the species, including its actual modest size—belied here in some of the enlarged close-up views. The book is a competent, if sketchy, introduction to this common U.S./Canadian bat, and it will certainly attract readers. Since bats have been widely covered in both picture books and nonfiction titles for children, libraries should select this title as needed.—Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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A solid addition to elementary and preschool libraries. (Kirkus)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (August 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805074996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805074994
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,788,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jodi M. Lewis on January 10, 2013
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Rick Chrustowski includes tons of real information in a cute story that children of any age can relate to. What a great way for kids to learn about various animals (in this case a bat)! I highly recommend this author for young elementary students, but even younger kids will love these books, too!
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Format: Hardcover
Lights in the big blue farmhouse are turned on as dusk approaches. A lone bat hovers over the ground in search of prey. High above, nestled in the eaves of the farmhouse attic, several big brown bats begin to awaken. Soon the "bats rush off on their nightly hunt," but one decides to stay behind because something special is about to happen. It's time for her to give birth to "a wrinkly pink bat pup." She gently cleans him and holds him close so he can nurse.

It won't be long before the baby bat will be able to stay alone in the attic while his mother hunts through the night. The attic will come alive with his "sqeaking cries" while he awaits her return. Within the week he will have company as the "other bats have babies." In time they will become strong enough to fly and go out into the night to learn to hunt. What will happen to them when they squeeze through the attic air vent and venture into the night skies? How will they catch insects?

This is an excellent book about the life of the big brown bat. Told in picture book format, this tale about the the birth, growth, and life of one pup will be of high interest to the young reader. The confident reader will be able to tackle this one easily, while others can enjoy it with assistance with more difficult word words as antennae or hibernate. The beautiful, unframed illustrations depict, in detail, such things such as how the young bat senses the presence of a moth when he "shrieks into the darkness." A springlike whorl from the bat's mouth to a moth depicting the echo effect makes unseen concepts easily understood. In the back of the book is a concise, well written note on "Bat Basics."
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Format: Paperback
Young readers, K-3, will find this story of a bat pup's first year of life appealing. It is informative and beautifully illustrated in watercolors that capture the bats in action.
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