How a variety of insects not only build their homes but also provide for the young who develop there is the subject of...

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INSECTS BUILD THEIR HOMES

How a variety of insects not only build their homes but also provide for the young who develop there is the subject of Gladys Conklin's easygoing survey and Jean Zallinger's clear; sunny pictures. Youngest naturalists or curiosity seekers might well be interested to learn how the wasp paralyzes a cicada which will become food for the eggs she lays on the body, how the froghopper (or spittlebug) makes its home of bubbly foam, or how the tumblebug larva feeds on its home made of cow droppings. However with only 100 words or so on each of eleven insects from ant to caterpillar, and no unifying generalizations except that insects ""know how"" to build their homes ""the day they are born"" and ""we call this instinct,"" casual readers may be left with a rather blurred composite impression rather than any distinct understanding.

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1972

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Publisher: Holiday House

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1972