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Bats! : strange and wonderful
Pringle, Laurence, 1935-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Honesdale, Penn. : Boyds Mills Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 27 cm
An introduction to the life and behavior of bats.
Reading Level:
820 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.5 0.5 35618.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.9 3 Quiz: 23023 Guided reading level: P.
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Laurence Pringle takes a fascinating look at earth's only flying mammal in this fun and informative Parents' Choice Award book. Readers will learn how bats can pluck insects from the air, and even fish from the water. They will discover how bats help giant trees and other tropical plants to reproduce, and gobble up pesky mosquitoes. They will find out, too, how you can help to protect bats and their homes. Dozens of bats swoop through Meryl Henderson's striking illustrations. The colorful art and clear, concise text together demonstrate that bats may be strange, but that they are wonderful too, and well worth saving.

Author Notes

Laurence Pringle was raised on an isolated farm in western New York. He studied wildlife biology at Cornell University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and had begun to seek a doctorate in that field. But for several reasons, including trouble with some subjects, Pringle decided to switch to journalism.

In 1962, he was looking for a job as an editor and writer with an outdoor or science magazine. He found an opening with Nature and Science, a children's magazine published by The American Museum of Natural History. Pringle joined that magazine in early 1963 and during the seven years of that magazine's life, learned a lot about writing for young readers. His friend and editor at the magazine encouraged Pringle to write a book for children. His first manuscript was rejected by several publishers but was finally accepted and published in 1968.

When Nature and Science was disbanded in the spring of 1970, Pringle had two choices: look for another editing job or try to survive as a freelance writer. He chose to become a writer and is now the highly acclaimed author of over a hundred books. He writes mainly biographical and environmental stories for children and young adults.

Pringle is the recipient of two major awards for his body of writing; the Eva L. Gordon Award for Children's Science Literature and the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award in 1999. He has won national awards from the American Nature Study Society and the National Wildlife Federation. Many of his books, including Everybody Has a Bellybutton, have been cited by the National Science Teacher's Association/Children's Book Council as "Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children." In 1998, the National Council of Teachers of English selected his book An Extraordinary Life: The Story of a Monarch Butterfly for the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5, younger for reading aloud.. "If you were a bat, you could stay up all night." So begins Pringle's child-friendly introduction to bats. Carefully crafted to overcome misconceptions and fears concerning bats, the text also provides basic information about the variety and habits of the flying mammals as well as their importance in the ecosystem. Readers may be surprised by some of the information, such as the fact that if hibernating bats are disturbed several times over the winter, they may die because they use too much energy in their wakened state. The text never descends to a "gee-whiz" tone, and the book is stronger for it. In an afterword, Pringle suggests ways to learn about bats first-hand and tells readers how to contact a bat conservation organization. Meryl Henderson's watercolor paintings illustrate the text with beauty and finesse. The many evening and night scenes set up dramatic contrasts using silhouetted figures. Harmonious colors, softly shaded from deep browns to glowing hues, are often accentuated by black backgrounds. Presented with respect for the subject and for the audience, this is one of the best of the many bat books, especially for a somewhat younger audience. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-A lucid text describes some general physical and behavioral characteristics common to all types of bats. The ways in which these flying mammals benefit world ecosystems (e.g., through insect consumption, seed dispersal, and plant pollination) are emphasized. Vibrant, realistic watercolors of representative species extend the text on every page. Some illustrations are enclosed in boxes and superimposed on larger paintings; in most, body parts extend beyond the frames, giving them a 3-D effect. A particularly effective series of paintings shows a vampire bat's ungainly walk on its hind legs toward a sleeping cow. While this title provides information similar to that in Betsy Maestro's Bats (Scholastic, 1994) and Gail Gibbons's Bats (Holiday, 1999), its simpler text conveys complex concepts in terms that most children understand. With its appealing illustrations in an eye-catching arrangement and clearly written text, Pringle's Bats! is equal to the best introductions on the subject for this age level.-Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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