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The Cricket in Times Square
George Selden
0440415632
Jan 1970
Paperback
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Book Review
One night, the sounds of New York City--the rumbling of subway trains, thrumming of automobile tires, hooting of horns, howling of brakes, and the babbling of voices--is interrupted by a sound that even Tucker Mouse, a jaded inhabitant of Times Square, has never heard before. Mario, the son of Mama and Papa Bellini, proprietors of the subway-station newsstand, had only heard the sound once. What was this new, strangely musical chirping? None other than the mellifluous leg-rubbing of the somewhat disoriented Chester Cricket from Connecticut. Attracted by the irresistible smell of liverwurst, Chester had foolishly jumped into the picnic basket of some unsuspecting New Yorkers on a junket to the country. Despite the insect's wurst intentions, he ends up in a pile of dirt in Times Square.

Mario is elated to find Chester. He...



Insect Mythology

0595150179


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Book Description
This is the first book dedicated specifically to showing the important roles insects have played in mythology, and is a comprehensive and readable survey of insect myths from around the world. The book ranges from older, better-known insect myths such as sacred scarabs to new unpublished subjects such as insects as examples of parallel mythology.


Insects and Spiders (Discoveries Series)
George Else (Editor)
0760746419
August 2003
Hardcover
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Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle
0399226907
March 1994
Board Book
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Book Review Reviews
"In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf." So begins Eric Carle's modern classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. More than 12 million copies of this book have been sold in its original, full-sized edition, and the beloved tale of science and gluttony has been translated into 20 languages. This five-by-four-inch miniature edition is truly tiny, with tiny type, but it is a nice size for small hands to hold and flip through the pictures. Despite its diminished state, the book is complete in every detail, following the ravenous caterpillar's path as he eats his way through one apple (and the pages of the book itself) on Monday, two pears on Tuesday, three plums on Wednesday, and so on, through cherry pie and sausage--until he is really fat and has a stomachache. And no doubt you know what happens next! Kids...


National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders (National Audubon Society Feild Guide Series)
Lorus Johnson Milne
0394507630
November 1980
Hardcover
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Book Review
There are about 100,000 kinds of insects in North America, so obviously they can't have a field guide in the same way the 650 species of birds do: something both portable and complete. The National Audubon Society has produced a remarkably useful compromise. This guide has photographs and descriptions of 550 insect species and 60 kinds of spiders. Most of the families of arthropods on the continent are covered, as are all of the most common species. It's a very useful resource for any North American naturalist, and the best choice for an adult who is not an expert entomologist. --Mary Ellen Curtin

Book Description
Spiders, bugs, moths, butterflies, beetles, bees, flies, dragonflies, grasshoppers, and many other insects are detailed in more than 700 full-color photographs visually...


Insects: Their Natural History And Diversity: With a Photographic Guide to Insects of Eastern North America

1552979008


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Review
Thomas Eisner, Schurman Professor of Chemical Ecology, Cornell University : Timely, user-friendly guide to the world of insects... well-written and lavishly illustrated... depicts even some of the most obscure insects.
Edward O. Wilson, Professor Emeritus, Honorary Curator in Entomology, Harvard University : I wish I'd had a book like Stephen Marshall's Insects when I started out in entomology and natural history.
Brian V. Brown, Curator, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County : An unparalleled glimpse of insect diversity, a milestone in insect photography.
Hugh Danks, Canadian Museum of Nature : An extraordinarily useful book -- attractive and interestingly written, but also rigorously correct.

Book Description

Meticulously researched and illustrated with color...



Diary of a Worm
Doreen Cronin
006000150X
Sept 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
Doreen Cronin (Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type) and cartoonist Harry Bliss (illustrator of A Fine, Fine School) shed a whole new light on a creature that spends most of its time underground: the earthworm. Written in diary form, this truly hilarious picture book tracks the ins and outs of a worm's life from the perspective of the worm family's young son. Take June 15's entry: "My older sister thinks she's so pretty. I told her that no matter how much time she spends looking in the mirror, her face will always look just like her rear end. Spider thought that was really funny. Mom did not." Except for the fact that he can't chew gum or have a dog, the boy likes being a worm. He never has to go to the dentist ("No cavities--no teeth, either"), he never gets in trouble for tracking mud through the house, and he never has to...


On Beyond Bugs: All About Insects
Dr. Seuss
0679873031
October 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
A hilarious introduction to the insect world, On Beyond Bugs will have your preschooler giggling away while learning all kinds of interesting entomology facts. Answering questions like "why do flies buzz?" and "how do bees communicate?" in the musical rhymes long associated with him, Cat in the Hat makes a delightful tour guide. Who else could manage "ants are so strong they can lift things that weigh over ten times their weight and they do it each day?" The sturdy, easy-to-clean-cover makes this book a good choice even for very young children. For those just beginning to read, the phonics-based repetitions are a big help. (Preschool to early reader) --Jill Lightner

From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3-Fans of Dr. Seuss's favorite feline will enjoy learning through rhymed...


Diary of a Spider
Doreen Cronin
0060001534
Aug 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Cronin and Bliss repeat the comic ingredients that made Diary of a Worm so successful in this rib-tickling sequel. This time the diary is written by Worm's friend Spider and filled with similar verbal high jinks, deadpan humor and visual jokes that offer readers a whimsical glimpse of the world from a small creature's point of view. Endpapers feature photos of Spider's family as well as his favorite book (Charlotte's Web), his discovery of a "neat sculpture!" (a toilet bowl) and a playbill from his school's production of "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" (a review blurb by Worm says, "You'll dig this play"). Children will relate to the book's droll humor, as when Spider goes to the park with his sister ("We tried the seesaw. It didn't work") or when he takes his molted skin for show-and-tell. A slight story line about...


Evolution of the Insects
David Grimaldi
0521821495
May 2005
Hardcover
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Review
'A landmark contribution, not just to entomology and evolutionary biology, but to the life sciences as a whole. Beautifully conceived, splendidly written, and exquisitely illustrated ... Bound to remain a primary scientific reference for years to come. A must for naturalists, young and old. Truly a definitive work.' Thomas Eisner, Cornell University, author of For Love of Insects
'... insects deserve the immense, sumptuously illustrated monograph text Grimaldi and Engel have now provided. Evolution of the Insects is a hugely impressive achievement. Throughout, the writing is clear and lively, the scholarship outstanding and the amount of information summarized vast. The enthusiasm of the authors for entomology shows in every aspect of this book, but the task of creating or assembling the images alone has evidently been a...


Borror and DeLong's Introduction to the Study of Insects
Norman F. Johnson, Charles A. Triplehorn
0030968356
May 19, 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
First published in the 1950s by the late James Borror and Dwight Moore DeLong, this classic text, INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF INSECTS 7TH EDITION, combines the study of insects with clear and current insect identification. In this new edition (available in a bundle with InfoTrac College Edition), Johnson and Triplehorn supply updated information on phylogeny using systematics while adding a greater emphasis on insect biology and evolution. This greater concentration on insect systematics necessitated many content changes including an added chapter for a newly described order, the Mantophasmatodea, as well as a new chapter reclassifying Order Homoptera (Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Hoppers Psyllids) into Order Hemiptera. Nearly every order has been modified, sometimes substantially, to reflect new discoveries and...


Insects
Steve Parker
0789422158
September 1997
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4-- Handsome title pages are followed by 16 equally attractive, well-laid-out pages. Each item pictured is given two pages. A detailed, blown up, full-color photo of the object appears on the left; on the right is a drawing of the photo peeled back to reveal a diagram of ``what's inside.'' Single sentences scattered around both pages point to and comment on specific parts. All this is just enough to pique the interest of young readers, who are bound to pick up information on roots or pollen, or nerves and respiration. The objects range from the well-known ladybug or tulip to the more exotic stick insect or pitcher plant. The photos of the insects are stunning in their clarity, detail, and rich color. Minor drawbacks are that the interior views are neither as complex nor as visually rich as...


Silent Spring
Rachel Carson
0618249060
Oct 2002
(Paperback) - Anniv. Ed.
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Book Review
Silent Spring, released in 1962, offered the first shattering look at widespread ecological degradation and touched off an environmental awareness that still exists. Rachel Carson's book focused on the poisons from insecticides, weed killers, and other common products as well as the use of sprays in agriculture, a practice that led to dangerous chemicals to the food source. Carson argued that those chemicals were more dangerous than radiation and that for the first time in history, humans were exposed to chemicals that stayed in their systems from birth to death. Presented with thorough documentation, the book opened more than a few eyes about the dangers of the modern world and stands today as a landmark work. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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How to Draw Insects
Barbara Soloff Levy
0486405893
March 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
Easy-to-follow guide shows would-be artists of all ages how to create accurate images of a grasshopper, monarch butterfly, tarantula, caterpillar, cicada, praying mantis, walking sticker, scorpion, carpenter ant, Japanese beetle, inchworm, centipede, termite, and 17 other insects. Step-by-step diagrams incorporating circular and ovoid shapes not only help create figures that are fun to draw but also teach fundamentals of laine, form and dimension.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle
0399208534
Oct 1981
Hardcover
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Book Review
With its lovely, humorous illustrations and wonderful narrative about a hungry caterpillar growing up to be a beautiful butterfly, Eric Carle's story touches anyone who still has some growing to do. Along with reassuring repetition--"He was still hungry ..."--the book includes some wonderful interactive moments: what youngster can resist sticking a finger through that hole in the page as his ravenous friend makes his way through various delicacies? --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Card catalog description
Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on...


The Dante Club : A Novel
Matthew Pearl
0375505296
February 4, 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Talk about high concept: in Pearl's debut novel, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes and James Russell Lowell team up with 19th-century publisher J.T. Fields to catch a serial killer in post-Civil War Boston. It's the fall of 1865, and Harvard University, the cradle of Bostonian intellectual life, is overrun by sanctimonious scholars who turn up their noses at European literature, confining their study to Greek and Latin. Longfellow and his iconoclastic crew decide to produce the first major American translation of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. Their ambitious plans are put on hold when they realize that a murderer terrorizing Boston is recreating some of the most vivid scenes of chthonic torment in Dante's Inferno. Since knowledge of the epic is limited to rarefied circles in 19th-century...


Garden Insects of North America: The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs
Whitney Cranshaw
0691095612
March 2004
Textbook Paperback
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From Booklist
Here's a sobering statistic: there are more than 100,000 species of insects and related garden pests in North America, and to gardeners it must often seem that the vast majority of them are eating, crawling, and flitting their way through treasured plants and flowers. Knowing what's doing the damage is more than half the battle in winning the pest-control war, and to that end Cranshaw has developed an impressive, encyclopedic guide to identifying everything from acorn weevils to zebra caterpillars. Understanding the way gardeners think, Cranshaw has logically organized the information according to the type of damage inflicted. The chapter on leaf chewers, for example, lists more than three-dozen likely insect culprits. Insect groups are then further characterized by host plant, range, appearance, and habits to precisely...


Joyful Noise
Paul Fleischman
0064460932
Jan 1992
Paperback
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Book Review
Winner of the 1989 Newbery Award, Joyful Noise is a children's book of poetry about insects that was designed for two readers to enjoy together. On each page are two columns of verse for children to alternate reading aloud about the lives of six-legged creatures ranging from fireflies writing in the sky to a love affair between two lice, crickets eating pie crumbs and the single day in the life of a mayfly. Charming large scale soft-pencil illustrations enhance the comical, easy-to-read text. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly
In resonant voices and striking use of language, this 1989 Newbery Medal-winner explores the various sounds and concerns of the insect world. All ages. Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. ...


One Hundred Hungry Ants
Elinor J. Pinczes
0395971233
Sept 1999
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Rhymed verse propels a spirited math lesson. "The unexpected pairing of sophisticated art and lighthearted text lends this book particular distinction," said PW. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review
Horn Book : A rhyming text describes the progress of one hundred ants marching toward a picnic. To travel faster, one ant suggests dividing into two lines of fifty, then four lines of twenty-five, and finally ten lines of ten. Their frantic reorganization takes so long that the picnic is gone by the time they arrive. The illustrations, which look like linoleum cuts, use a pleasing palette and energetic lines to depict ants with highly individual characters.
Publishers Weekly : "A first-time author and illustrator are off to...


Inflatable Insects
Learning Resources
1400631904
August 2005
Other Format
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What Do Insects Do
Susan Canizares
059039794X
August 1997
Paperback
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Card catalog description
Photographs and simple text describe the many things that insects do.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle
0399213015
Mar 1986
Hardcover
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Book Review
With its lovely, humorous illustrations and wonderful narrative about a hungry caterpillar growing up to be a beautiful butterfly, Eric Carle's story touches anyone who still has some growing to do. Along with reassuring repetition--"He was still hungry ..."--the book includes some wonderful interactive moments: what youngster can resist sticking a finger through that hole in the page as his ravenous friend makes his way through various delicacies?

Card catalog description
Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days. --This text refers to the...


A Field Guide to Insects
Richard E. White (Illustrator), et al
0395911702
April 15, 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
Detailed descriptions of insect orders, families, and many individual species are illustrated with 1,300 drawings and 142 superb color paintings. Illustrations - which use the unique Peterson Identification System to distinguish one insect from another - include size lines to show the actual length of each insect. A helpful glossary explains the technical terms of insect anatomy.

About the Author
Richard E. White is a research entomologist at the United States National Museum in Washington and the author of articles and research papers chiefly in his special field of beetles. As an artist he is most experienced in portraying insects, but he also illustrates general biological subjects. Donald J. Borror is a professor of entomology at Ohio State University and the author of...


Fireflies (Reading Rainbow)
Julie Brinckloe (Illustrator)
0689710550
May 31, 1986
Hardcover
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Card catalog description
A young boy is proud of having caught a jar full of fireflies, which seems to him like owning a piece of moonlight, but as the light begins to dim he realizes he must set the insects free or they will die.


Aquatic Entomology: The Fishermen's Guide and Ecologists' Illustrated Guide to Insects and Their Relatives (Crosscurrents) (Crosscurrents)
W. Patrick McCafferty
0867200170
January 1, 1983
Paperback
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Book Description
Aquatic Biology and Natural History are subjects of interests to many, whether they be related to one's vocational education, one's avocation, or purely to one's appreciation for the living order of the world. This book has been written not only for entomologists, ecologists, and students of aquatic entomology, but also for sport fishermen, naturalists, and environmental assessment specialists. For those who may not have some vested interested in nature and ecology, this book will provide a pictorial introduction to some of the most fascinating life forms on earth and, hopefully, "wet" the appetite for understanding the aquatic insects, their environment, and their relationship to human life.

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