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by Luise Woelflein

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A complex, detailed and marvelously designed book of facts about every type of insect for elementary school children to explore. Amazing giant pop-ups offer dazzling, detailed close-ups of insects and their habitats, including an Atlas moth, a walking-stick insect, a termite nest, metamorphosis, the inside of a wasp nest and a beehive, and a katydid. Details with movable flaps show how fireflies flicker, how burying beetles inter a dead mouse, how leafcutter ants march with their food, how termites construct huge mound cities, how whirligig beetles can see above and below the water at the same time, insect mouth parts, insect eyes, insect legs and wings... There are even special places to scratch to smell a stink bug, to hear a cricket sing, and to feel the soft smoothness of a moth's furry body.
A very good interactive non-fiction book for children in grades 2 to 5, with clearly written, informative text. Superb illustrations by Wendy Smith-Griswold, with paper engineering by James Roger Diaz. Recommended. ( )
  tripleblessings | Jan 24, 2008 |
Pamina moths, katydids, fireflies and treehoppers are just a few of the insects that appear in this tour de force of paper engineering. Each of the five splashy spreads is organized around a single insect-behavior theme, and features at least one (but more often two, or even three) gratifyingly complex, large-scale pop-up constructions. Snappy synopses of each topic are presented on large, brightly colored flaps which lift to reveal more specialized information, illustrations and a few bonus pop-ups. Numerous brief and snappily written entries detailing fascinating facts about flying, crawling, burrowing and creeping creatures pepper the pages. As if all this weren't enough, readers can, among other things, activate a sound chip to hear a cricket's chirp and reach inside a termite's nest for a closer look at the termite queen and her eggs. A rotating paper wheel cleverly conveys the flashing of a firefly's blinking abdomen, and a scratch and sniff panel provides an appropriately malodorous rendition of the stink bug's stink. The abundance of interactive gizmos, elaborate paper constructions and many engaging snippets of information make this a book to be pored over again and again. All ages.
  cerritos | Mar 15, 2007 |
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Pop-up book with five full-color spreads that examine how insects live and reproduce, eat and defend themselves.

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