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Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Bat Scientists - Mary Kay Carson (Non-Fiction)

Released September 2010

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

Award-winning author Mary Kay Carson's latest offering truly mesmerized me. The narrative is perfect for younger children, and the photographs from Tom Ulhman are even better. There's good reason the author's won the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 2009 Children's Literature Award.

The Bat Scientists provides ample information into the world of bats. With so many bats succumbing to White-Nose Syndrome, it's important to make sure children do not fear these creatures. The author does a great job sharing facts about bats, as well as detailing why they are so important.

Bats from around the world have their place in this book.  Children learn about the bats they see around their own home and other species they might not have heard of. The book corrects many myths you hear about bats and delves into a bat's skeletal structure, habits and behaviors. It's complex, yet geared for children. Despite that, I think the book is fascinating and will appeal to Mom and Dad just as much as the youngster for whom it is intended.

If you're leery of bats, I really suggest reading this informative guide into everything about bats. I have bats that live under the shutters on my front deck. They definitely earn their keep keeping moths and mosquitoes from pestering us as we sit outside and enjoy cool breezes on sultry summer nights. I only hope they keep returning and don't disappear completely.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your generous review, Tracy! Bats need all the help they can get these days.
    Mary Kay Carson