FACE-TO-FACE WITH THE LADYBUG by Valérie Traqui

FACE-TO-FACE WITH THE LADYBUG

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Age Range: 6 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Vivid, full-color, close-up photos of the familiar red-and-black ladybugs, from egg to adult will intrigue the young viewer and science enthusiast. Every stage of ladybug development is carefully documented in the photos and brief text. Close-ups show ladybugs in flight and at rest and even a battle between a ladybug and an ant, the ladybug intent on eating an aphid, while the ant protects his herd of syrup-producing aphids. Other shots show the eggs hatching, the larva splitting its skin, and finally the golden ladybug emerging. The author provides the extreme detail children relish. For example, there are over 450 species of ladybug in North America and an adult ladybug eats up to 100 aphids a day, while the hairy, warty, ladybug larva eats from 100 to 150 aphids a day. The format is fussy at times with drawings of ladybugs and other insects marching along the margins and an unnecessary cartoon-like smiling mushroom garden ornament on one page, but it does not seriously detract from the book as a whole. A large, boldly colored photo of a ladybug adorns the cover insuring its appeal to browsers. The author concludes with a quick quiz about ladybugs, giving the pages where the information is found. Useful, colorful, and inexpensive. (Nonfiction. 6-9)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2002
ISBN: 1-57091-453-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Charlesbridge
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2002




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