Sunday, August 29, 2010

Review: The Bat Scientists by Mary Kay Carson

Dr. Merlin Tuttle and his colleagues at Bat Conservation International aren't scared of bats. These bat crusaders are fascinated by them, with good reason. Bats fly the night skies in nearly every part of the world, but they are the least studied of all mammals. As the major predator of night-flying insects, bats eat many pests. Unfortunately bats are facing many problems, including a terrifying new disease. White-nose Syndrome is infecting and killing millions of hibernating bats in North America. But Dr. Tuttle, with the help of his fellow bat scientists are in the trenches—and caves—on the front line of the fight to save their beloved bats.

E-galley received from the publisher for review.

Some of the tidbits I learned from the book were:
  • The world's smallest bat is the Bumblebee Bat that weighs less than a penny and has a wingspan of just 6.5 inches.
  • Bats are mammals.
  • Bats have bellybuttons! 
This one gets four stars.  It was a great, genuinely educational children's book.  I actually learned quite a few things from the book!  The stunningly beautiful photographs by Tim Uhlman really made the book shine and made me realize that bats are actually kind of cute!

★★★★ = Really Liked It


Ryan G said...

My son has been into bats lately so I may have to look into getting this one for him. Thanks for the review.

Mary Kay said...

Thanks for reviewing our book, Beth. The bats are happy for the help--they need it these days.

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