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Series Insects Up Close Reading Level Grade 1 Interest Level PreK-3 ATOS 1.0-1.9 Lexile 300-600 Guided Reading Level F, G Copyright Year 2019 Dewey 500-Science and Math ISBN 900134 Author No Artwork Photography Publisher Bellwether Media Imprint Blastoff! Readers AR Quiz Yes Review Source No Pages 24 Trim Size 6.5" x 9" Book Format Hardcover Reading Counts Points No
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Common and lesser-known insects are described in these straightforward, easy-to-follow introductions. Each spread features a text box alongside a photograph that spans a page and a half. A couple of sentences present basic facts: "Wasps are great hunters. Many of these insects have sharp stingers." The simple sentences and double-spaced lines make the text inviting to young readers. Physical features, habitats, and life cycles are introduced effectively through the words and pictures. The photos match the text quite effectively. When readers learn that cicadas "have four clear wings" or that "dragonflies have huge eyes," a vivid image depicts those features clearly. Insets highlight "favorite food," life span, and an actual-size diagram. VERDICT: Fine insect profiles for beginners, featuring some types not often covered in children's books, such as aphids, earwigs, and damselflies.
Budding entomologists eager for books about bugs will find eye-catching introductions a few garden-variety insects in these installments of the Insects Up Close series. True to the series title, each volume includes plenty of full-color, close-up photos of insects, while short, direct sentences address everything from body parts, habitat, diet, and life cycle. In Ants, the large-jawed insects are shown carrying unwieldy objects, caring tor their young, and working together. Photos of brightly colorful wings and curly tongues make Butterflies especially enjoyable. Damselfllies emphasize these creatures’ iridescent colors and highlights one easy way to tell them apart from dragonflies. Fireflies reveals how these bioluminescent bugs use their lights for communication, and a photo of swarms glowing among trees is particularly enchanting. While the information remains at an introductory level across the board, each page of text directly describes the adjacent photo, which will help both foster reading comprehension and reinforce the concepts. A picture glossary in the back matter will be especially helpful for more visually inclined learners. Though some kids might be hungry for more information than this series offers, early readers itching to start reading independently will appreciate its accessible format.