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Bugs for lunch
Facklam, Margery.
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Publication Information:
Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge ; Berkeley, CA : Distributed by Ten Speed Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Rhyming text introduces bug-eating animals such as geckos, trout, or even people. Includes additional facts about each creature.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 36617.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.5 1 Quiz: 21176 Guided reading level: H.
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Bon appetit! Kudos to Chef Nature for dishing up these tasty morsels. No reader with a discriminating palate will be able to put this delicious menu of appetizing delicacies down. BUGS FOR LUNCH caters to a full array of creatures--animal, plant, and human--that munch on bugs. From a mantis perched and ready to prey on ladybugs and butterflies, to the honey-drenched fur of a big brown bear munching on a hive full of bees, Sylvia Long's vivid illustrations show close-up details of all sorts of creatures munching on their lunch. These colorful drawings of creatures that live to eat bugs will be your key to discovering a world of insectivores in your own backyard and beyond.

Author Notes

Margery Facklam was born Margery Anne Metz in Buffalo, New York on September 6, 1927. She received a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Buffalo and a master's degree in science education at Buffalo State College.

She began her writing career while raising her five children. She wrote articles about parenting and family vacations for the former Buffalo Courier-Express and for magazines. She published her first children's books about natural science in 1962. She wrote more than 30 books during her lifetime including The Big Bug Book; Creepy, Crawly Caterpillars; and Anatomy of Nonfiction: Writing True Stories for Children. Two of her books, Do Not Disturb and Partners for Life, were named Outstanding Science Trade Books by the Children's Book Council and the National Science Teachers Association. And Then There Was One was named best book of 1990 by the School Library Journal. In 2005, she received the Knickerbocker Award for her body of work from the New York State Library Association.

She also worked as an assistant curator of education at the Buffalo Museum of Science, the director of education and public relations at the Aquarium of Niagara, and a coordinator of education at the Buffalo Zoo. She died on February 21, 2015 at the age of 87.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-8. Facklam's playful rhymed verses and Long's brightly colored paintings combine to introduce young listeners to a variety of creatures that eat insects. They include well-known species, such as bats, bears, and aardvarks, as well as such lesser-known insectivores as rainbow trout and praying mantises and humans; they even include Venus's-flytraps. The artwork, much of it larger than life size, conveys a great deal of scientific information without ever appearing cluttered. Appended facts about the bug eaters portrayed on these double-page spreads help clarify the details in the illustrations and will be welcomed by curious readers. Although some children may be squeamish at the thought of tasting tarantulas, caterpillars, or dragonflies, the tone is matter-of-fact and nonjudgmental, which should diffuse at least a few groans. A good choice for primary science units; pair this with Doug Florian's informative verses Insectlopedia (1998). --Kay Weisman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Here's the buzz from this chipper picture book: though they may not be everyone's favorite dish, bugs make tasty treats for many creatures, even humans. In simple rhyming verse, Facklam (The Big Bug Book) offers a list of critters that regularly dine on insects: "If your lunch was a bug,/ Who could you be?/ Maybe a nuthatch/ At work in a tree... You might be a gecko/ Or maybe a mouse,/ Eating the insects/ In somebody's house." An illustrated glossary expands on these basics, providing a plethora of fun facts. Simultaneously crisp and airy, Long's (Hush Little Baby; Ten Little Rabbits) pen, ink and watercolor compositions capture the natural world in realistic detail. Many young readers will delight in the "yuck" factor of depictions of children eating grubs roasted over a campfire or serving up stir-fried dragonflies on rice. Ages 3-8. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Facklam's cheerful, rhyming text introduces the read-to-me set (and beginning readers as well) to a variety of critters whose collation of choice is insects. A bat, a toad, a spider, a Venus flytrap, and even humans are shown catching an assortment of bugs on every eye-catching double-page spread. The excellent pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are large, colorful, and realistic, showing not only the designated diner and intended entr‚e, but also a host of other insects, from ladybugs to damselflies, creeping and crawling and flittering about inside and outside of the margins. The closing three pages provide brief, informative paragraphs on each "bug-catcher," emphasizing its hunting methods. Unfortunately, the plethora of prey is largely left unidentified, which will probably lead to frustrating questions from young admirers of this handsome volume. Still, this is an attractive, high-interest book with an intriguing title and dramatic illustrations.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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