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The Beetle Book (edition 2012)

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Title:The Beetle Book
Authors:Steve Jenkins
Info:Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (2012), Hardcover, 40 pages
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The Beetle Book. Written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2012. 34 pages. $16.99 hbk. 978-0547680842. Grades K-6.

Steve Jenkins’s book is a treat for any budding coleopterist (“a person who studies beetles”). This informational text, geared towards elementary school children (though certainly enjoyable for younger beetle aficionados with a reading buddy), offers an overview of beetles’ lives and habits as well as illustrations and descriptions of a variety of beetle types. Jenkins’s scholarly relation of factual details is accompanied by his gorgeous, vivid collage illustrations of the beetles he evokes. Life-size silhouettes on almost every page of the illustrated beetles present an easy way to discern and compare sizes. The vocabulary and concepts are age-appropriate for an elementary school reader, and there is even an integrated pronunciation guide for some of the more difficult words (like “coleopterist!”). A comprehensive list of the book’s beetles, their Latin taxonomic names, and their geographic provenance is located at the back of the book for any reader who would like to dig deeper. The Beetle Book is the perfect choice both for a young student working on a project or a child in search of some excellent nonfiction reading. Even young non-readers, accompanied by an older reader who could help decipher text, would enjoy leafing through the book’s vibrant illustrations of the astounding array of beetles Jenkins depicts. Recommended. ( )
  tierneyc | Oct 23, 2014 |
A beautiful book full of detailed illustrations and factoids about beetles. Illustrations are both life-size and enlarged. ( )
  MrsLee | Jul 17, 2014 |
Beetles shows the morphology, life cycle, varieties, and adaptations of beetles. The illustrations are very detailed. It is filled with factual information. It is a great learning tool.The colorful beetles are sure to capture attention! I would recommend for grades 1st and above. ( )
  Imandayeh | Apr 23, 2014 |
Great for a browser, but would have loved a table of contents and a topical index.

NYT Best Illustrated 2012 ( )
  MelissaZD | Dec 31, 2013 |
Great for a browser, but would have loved a table of contents and a topical index.

NYT Best Illustrated 2012 ( )
  MelissaZD | Dec 31, 2013 |
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Line up every kind of plant and animal on Earth ... and one of every four will be a beetle.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0547680848, Hardcover)

Beetles squeak and beetles glow.
Beetles stink, beetles sprint, beetles walk on water.
With legs, antennae, horns, beautiful shells, knobs, and other oddities—what’s not
to like about beetles?
The beetle world is vast: one out of every four living things on earth is a beetle.
There are over 350,000 different species named so far and scientists suspect there may
be as many as a million.
From the goliath beetle that weighs one fourth of a pound to the nine inch long
titan beetle, award-winning author-illustrator Steve Jenkins presents a fascinating array
of these intriguing insects and the many amazing adaptations they have made to
survive.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:32:17 -0400)

An illustrated introduction to a variety of beetle species with information on unique characteristics and how these insects have adapted to survive.

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