- Age Range: 7 and up
- Grade Level: 2 - 3
- Lexile Measure: 970L (What's this?)
- Series: Backyard Buddies
- Library Binding: 48 pages
- Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (January 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 157505051X
- ISBN-13: 978-1575050515
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,131,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ladybugology (Backyard Buddies) Library Binding – January 1, 1998
From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5?Two series entries that encourage kids to observe and inquire into the lives of some of our most commonly found creatures. Both books provide a great deal of scientific information, as do many other existing works. What makes these titles different is their aim to foster children's natural curiosity and get them to think about the world around them. Each book has a section in which elementary-school children pose questions such as "Do Caterpillars Get Dizzy?" and devise experiments to answer them. Some of the experiments prove to be inconclusive, but they still provide a solid grounding in the scientific method and encourage young readers to think for themselves. The books also provide suggestions of places, such as local nature groups, where children can obtain further information. Also included are instructions for capturing caterpillars and ladybugs for observation and a reminder to release them when the experiments are over. The books are visually appealing with clear texts and detailed drawings. Photos of kids with the insects add to the appeal. The information here is more than adequate for report needs but the books are also great for casual reading, and enterprising students might even find a few interesting science-project ideas. Good (and slightly different) additions to natural history sections.?Arwen Marshall, New York Public Library
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Kirkus Reviews
Ladybugs are the perfect bug for a pet. On the creepiness scale, they are fairly benign; they're easy to identify; they neither sting nor bite; nor do they infest people's domiciles. For this entry in the Backyard Buddies series, Ross (Bug Watching with Charles Henry Turner, 1997, etc.) includes some good facts about ladybugs and their care, defining their scientific names and covering some ladybug lore. Sadly, the information that will intrigue readers is lost in a muddle of mediocre experiments and what reads as filler, e.g., writing down all there is to observe about a ladybug (``it's red'') may encourage scientific observation, but it may also strike some as busy work. The full- color photographs are helpful; the illustrations are sometimes informative, and other times clumsily executed cartoons. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-10) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Ladybugology encourages hands exploration, fact finding, and questioning by children well before they get into the more lengthy scientific information on spiders, which I think is good...I mean, the book DOES give out some basics before sending kids out to explore habitats and ladybugs themselves, so they aren't staring out totally without basic information. To my way of thinking, this "phase" is designed to stimulate a keen interest, encourage children to formulate questions which they will likely be able to answer either directly through the reading or as a result of "experiments" done later in the book.
What I like about this series is the way the information is presented, because the children are encouraged to gather information, formulate questions and do some minor observation prior to doing the "book learning" reading in the book, they come into it with and keep sense of curiosity. In this way, with their interest already peaked (where they might not be if they were fed only dry factoids about ladybugs), I think kids would be ready and willing to dive into the leaning process.
Overall, there is a lot of information in this little book (48 pages) and I really like that most of the information is packed in between hands on activities for kids to try so that the process of discovering more about ladybugs isn't just a bunch of facts in a book. The first part of the book is exploration and fact gathering (direct, hands-on), the second part of the book is facts and scientific information, and the final section is experiments and findings of the authors students have done in the past...all with illustrations and full color photos to enhance the learning experience! This is an excellent way for kids to see how experiments are done and how the results are recorded/reported. In Ladybugology, kids can see, up close and personal how ladybugs live, how they move, what their outer body structure is like, what they feel like and much more. I give it four stars, a great resource for your budding Ladybugologist! I recommend this in conjunction with two or three additional books on ladybugs since the information is interspersed, readers might not key in on the information they want as quickly as they might if it were all together, but for hands on activity and encouragement, this books is a class above!
The approach of this book is very much 'how-to". The author covers the usual bug information -- life cycle, body parts, what they eat, and what eats them, etc-- but he also eggs you on, out into the field to study ladybugs in their natural environment.
In addition, there are hints for how to keep ladybugs as a pet and for how long. (They need to be released, of course, so we can have more ladybugs).
You are also given some ideas on how to make an exercise gym for your colony, how to race them, etc. All of these tasks/play allow children to incorporate math, writing, and arts and crafts practice with learning... making it fun.
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