BATS IN TROUBLE by Pamela McDowell

BATS IN TROUBLE

by ; illustrated by
Age Range: 7 - 9
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Visiting her grandfather’s Alberta farm, Cricket and her best friend, Shilo, discover dead bats near wind turbines operated by the local utility, work out the problem, and find a way to help the bats migrate more safely.

This is a third episode in a Canadian series about animal-lover Cricket McKay, who previously saved ospreys and salamanders (Salamander Rescue, 2016, etc.). The 11 short chapters include grayscale illustrations (often occupying a full page) showing the white characters in action. Emerging readers in the primary grades will appreciate the simple, straightforward writing and larger-than-usual type but may be confused by the opening story fragment featuring a character who doesn’t figure in the actual story. That ghost story, told around a campfire, is a way of introducing Shilo’s fears about bats. Happily, as she learns what bats actually do and don’t do, these fears disappear. The two girls identify the dead bats—migrating hoary bats—encounter another local species while sheltering from a hail storm in Mr. McKay’s old hay shed, and make origami bats themselves. (A missed illustration opportunity shows several stages of their paper-folding but not the complete instructions.) Finally, they come up with a clever and successful way of sharing their concerns with townspeople and the electric company. An epilogue tells readers more about bats and about the scientific study on which the story is based.

Purposeful but effective in delivering an environmental message and encouraging action. (Fiction. 7-9)

Pub Date: Oct. 17th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-4598-1403-5
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Orca
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2017




MORE BY KASIA CHARKO

ChildrenSALAMANDER RESCUE by Pamela McDowell
by Pamela McDowell

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenTURTLES IN MY SANDBOX by Jennifer Keats Curtis
by Jennifer Keats Curtis
ChildrenSLOW DOWN FOR MANATEES by Jim Arnosky
by Jim Arnosky
ChildrenROSCOE AND THE PELICAN RESCUE by Lynn Rowe Reed
by Lynn Rowe Reed