Swenson's separate short sketches of crickets, rabbits, snakes, snails, and twelve other small animals are of marginal...

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THE WORLD BENEATH YOUR FEET: Animals That Live Underground

Swenson's separate short sketches of crickets, rabbits, snakes, snails, and twelve other small animals are of marginal interest considering the wealth of available alternatives. A few of his statements are carelessly worded--for example, ""When they are still young and wingless, fireflies are called larvae"" (only fireflies?) and ""Land turtles, or tortoises, are reptiles without a central heating system. In other words, they are 'cold-blooded' . . ."" (unlike other reptiles?). Otherwise the writing is unobjectionable but flat, the advice on making pets of some of the subjects is spotty, and the summary-style coverage (e.g., four very nonspecific sentences on the firefly's bioluminescence) is unstimulating.

Pub Date: April 12, 1978

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: McKay

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1978