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Title:
About insects : a guide for children
Author:
Sill, Cathryn P., 1953-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Atlanta, Ga. : Peachtree, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 23 x 27 cm
Summary:
Describes the anatomy, behavior, and habitat of various insects, including the beetle, moth, and cockroach.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.7 0.5 51005.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781561452071
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Cathryn and John Sill explain the basic characteristics that all insects share, while offering a close look at a few of the many animals in this diverse category.

As a fabulous addition to an important series for kids, this book explores the fascinating world of insects. Once again, illustrator John Sill and his wife Cathryn have collaborated on the most recent addition to the About... series. They tackle the fascinating and varied world of insects in this easy-to-read and educational book, painting these creatures in their respective natural habitats, explaining what insects are, how they live, and what they do.

The captivating scenes depicted by noted wildlife illustrator John Sill in About Insects aid in the explanation of basic characteristics that all insects share as well as offer a look into the many differences among the animals that fall into this diverse category. As in the previous About... books, an afterword provides further detail on the insects portrayed to inspire young readers to learn more.


Author Notes

CATHRYN SILL, a graduate of Western Carolina University, has been an elementary school teacher for fifteen years. With her husband John and brother-in-law Ben, she co-authored A Field Guide to Little-Known and Seldom-Seen Birds of North America, Another Field Guide to Little-Known and Seldom-Seen Birds of North America, and Beyond Birdwatching.

JOHN SILL, a North Carolina native, holds a BS in wildlife biology from North Carolina State University. Combining his knowledge of wildlife and artistic skill, John has gained several awards and an impressive reputation as a wildlife artist.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-7. As in their previous About books, this one pairs beautiful, naturalistic paintings with simple, informative statements. A full-page image of moths perched on blades of grass, for example, faces an all-white page with text: "Antennae help insects smell and feel." An afterword expands on the concepts introduced in the brief text: next to small reproductions of the paintings, words such as antennae are defined, and a few more facts are given. The final plate, next to a picture of a gorgeous trout leaping for a mayfly, says simply, "Insects are an important part of our world," while the appended text reminds readers of foods and products insects provide. In image and text the Sills succeed in conveying a great deal of information at a very basic reading level. Excellent classroom or pleasure reading for science and nature fans and for any beginning readers drawn to nonfiction. --Gillian Engberg


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-This title offers separate, full-page watercolor paintings of 18 different kinds of insects in their natural habitats. Insects depicted include: silverfish, giant walkingstick, black horse fly, elephant stag beetle, gladiator katydid, honey bee, and luna moth. A single line of large, bold-print text appears on the page opposite each illustration; on the bottom right-hand corner, a caption provides the common name of the species depicted. Each simple sentence or fragment describes either a general characteristic shared by all insects, or a special characteristic of a particular group. Additional bits of general information about insects as well as miscellaneous facts about the featured species are appended. As in About Birds (1991), About Mammals (1997), and About Reptiles (1999, all Peachtree), the realistic watercolor paintings are this book's main focus. They are bright, attractive, and nicely varied in composition. However, despite their visual appeal, the artwork sometimes fails to illustrate the text effectively. For example, the painting of mantis nymphs emerging from an egg case does not match the text, which reads, "Young insects hatch from eggs." As no eggs are visible, this statement is apt to be confusing. Sandra Markle's Creepy, Crawly Baby Bugs (Walker, 1996) provides more detailed information on insect anatomy, reproduction, and behavior and is illustrated with excellent, close-up color photographs.-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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