Product Details
List Price:
$16.95
Ages:
5 to 7
Grades:
2
Pages:
32
Trim Size:
10" x 8"
Published:
03/2013
Imprint:
Boyds Mills Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-59078-952-0
Illustrations:
Full-color photographs
Lexile Level:
860L

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About the Book

Overview

In this latest addition to the Biggest, Littlest! series, award-winning author Sandra Markle explores the diverse world of bats.  How does being big help one kind of bat? How does being little help another kind? Sometimes these extremes offer the key to survival. The biggest bat is the Flying Fox, which can have a wingspan as long as a bathtub. Its littlest cousin is the Bumblebee Bat, which weighs only as much as a penny. Stunning photographs from around the world invite young readers to investigate up close the features that make each bat unique.

Reviews

"Veteran science writer Markle’s basic introduction maintains a fine balance between general observations and specific facts. She has chosen particularly well when it comes to the photos: bats in flight, at rest, seizing prey, and clearly displaying distinctive body parts (“Compared to its body size, the Tube-Lipped Nectar Bat has the world’s longest tongue”). Along with identifying 14 kinds of bats and explaining how their sizes influence their behaviors, she discusses bat diets and senses, the differences between the way bats and birds use their wings to fly, how they care for their young, and other relevant topics. . ." Booklist

". . . The clear text is simple and readable, describing the hunting techniques of microbats and the fruit-finding talents of megabats, and even delves into some forms of bat housing. Enriched by superb color photos and complete wtih sites for further investigation, the whole presentation is interesting and useful as well as attractive. . . " School Library Journal

Meet the Author

Sandra Markle

Sandra Markle has written more than seventy nonfiction books about science for children. She has won more than thirty awards for her work. In addition to her books, Ms. Markle has developed science specials for television as well as Internet-based educational programs. She lives in New Zealand.

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