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Insects and Spiders Hardcover – January 1, 1992
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 4-- With the same attractive format as Marilyn Singer's Exotic Birds (Doubleday, 1991), this title is as successful as the earlier one in both text and its lifesize and larger-than-life illustrations. The smooth beginning clearly delineates the differences between insects and spiders while also giving some elements they have in common. From that point on, it' s a trip through the world of wee wigglers. From beetle and grasshopper to the more exotic Himalayan jumping spider and the Central American glass-wing butterfly, the Milnes introduce children to the diversity of creatures on Earth. There's nothing dull or dreary here. Phipps's illustrations are colorful and strikingly lifelike. Altogether, this book would be an excellent lure for young readers and listeners to discover the insect world. As attractive as John Stidworthy's Insects (Watts, 1989), it complements general fact books by showing individual species. --Amy Nunley, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, OH
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Kirkus Reviews
Full-color illustrations of insects, some of them magnified as much as 10 or 20 times, demonstrate that it is possible to show things in a larger scale, but without providing much more information. Though a house spider magnified to 10 times its natural size may enthrall the browser, the prosaic text is only marginally successful in describing anatomy, life cycles, or habits of common spiders and insects like butterflies, moths, mayflies, beetles, grasshoppers. Scientific names are not given, and the index is sketchy and sometimes inaccurate: earwigs, silverfish, and fleas are all illustrated and discussed on pages 20 and 21, but only the earwig is indexed for those pages; fleas are not indexed at all, and silverfish are indexed for page 12, where they are not mentioned. Sloppy work. (Nonfiction. 7-10) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.