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Janice VanCleave's play and find out about bugs : easy experiments for young children
VanCleave, Janice Pratt.
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Play and find out about bugs
Publication Information:
New York : John Wiley, [1999]

Physical Description:
121 pages : color illustrations ; 22 x 27 cm.
Presents simple experiments answering such questions about insects as "Are spiders insects?" "Where do butterflies come from?" and "Why do fireflies light up?"
General Note:
Includes index.

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Lackawanna Library QL468.5 .V34 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Orchard Park Library QL468.5 .V34 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Anna M. Reinstein Library QL468.5 .V34 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library QL468.5 .V34 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Audubon Library QL468.5 .V34 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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How can I catch a flying insect? Play and find out! How? By choosing one of the 50 simple experiments in Janice VanCleave's Play and Find Out about Bugs . Your child will discover the answers to lots of fun questions as you team up to play together and explore the wonder of our world. Each experiment includes illustrations, a list of easy-to-find materials, and simple, step-by-step instructions.

Praise for Janice VanCleave's books:

"Stunningly clear, direct, and informative projects."--School Library Journal. "[They] not only teach children the basics of science, but also entertain along the way. . . . great for kids."--Parentguide.

Author Notes

Janice VanCleave is a former secondary classroom teacher who has written more than 50 science and math books for children and educators. Her books include Janice VanCleave's Help! My Science Project Is Due Tomorrow! Easy Experiments You Can Do Overnight, Janice Vancleave's Engineering for Every Kid: Easy Activities That Make Learning Science Fun, and Janice Vancleave's Rocks and Minerals: Mind-Boggling Experiments You Can Turn into Science Fair Projects.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Fun projects that lead to an understanding of the most populous life form on Earth. In addition, children are introduced to some of the skills needed for scientific experimentation and study as they explore metamorphosis, movement, communication, feeding, camouflage, and web spinning. Beginning with a model-building activity, VanCleave helps children learn about the body of an insect and how to handle it so that follow-up explorations can proceed without harm to live creatures. Each project leads seamlessly to the next with a child wondering about some aspect of these animals, for example, "How do bugs walk on the ceiling?" A list of necessary materials, simple instructions including some labeled "Adult Step," and a brief recounting of what's been learned are included. The black-and-white illustrations with purple highlights are flat and childlike, but clear and informative. An appendix for adults summarizes the factual information in each thematic section and a thorough glossary wraps things up.-Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

I.D.: I Wonder...Are All Little Crawling Critters Insects?
Trapper: I Wonder...How Can I Safely Catch an Insect?
Sweeper: I Wonder...How Can I Catch a Flying Insect?
Butterfly House: I Wonder...How Can I Keep Butterflies?
Bug House: I Wonder...How Can I Keep a Cricket?
Tunnels: I Wonder...What's Inside an Anthill?
Around and Around: I Wonder...Where Do Butterflies Come From?
Break Out: I Wonder...How Do Small Grasshoppers Grow Larger?
Creepers: I Wonder...How Many Legs Do Caterpillars Have?
Lifters: I Wonder...How Does a Bug Walk?
Sticky Feet: I Wonder...How Do Bugs Walk on the Ceiling?
Water Walkers: I Wonder...How Do Bugs Walk on Water?
Speedy: I Wonder...Is There a Dragon That Can Fly?
Flutter: I Wonder...How Do Insects Fly?
Springy: I Wonder...How Can Fleas Jump So Far?
Dancers: I Wonder...Do Bees Dance?
Flashers: I Wonder...Why Do Fireflies Light Up?
Munchers: I Wonder...Do Insects Have Teeth?
Sippers: I Wonder...How Do Butterflies Drink?
Hide-and-Seek: I Wonder...Why Are Walkingsticks Hard to Find?
Top and Bottom: I Wonder...Why Is the Top of a Butterfly's Wings a Different Color Than the Bottom?
Over the Edge: I Wonder...Are Spiders Insects?
Spiderlings: I Wonder...Where Do Spiders Come From?
Catchers: I Wonder...Why Are Spiderwebs Sticky?
Stuck: I Wonder...Why Don't Spiders Get Caught in Their Own Webs?

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