Celia Bland Bats (Smart start reader)

ISBN 13: 9780439244374

Bats (Smart start reader)

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9780439244374: Bats (Smart start reader)

This is the bat book for anyone who wishes to learn about one of the world's most maligned and misunderstood animals. Oversized and illustrated with colour photography throughout, this volume is a comprehensive history on bats written for a general audience. In addition to examining all aspects of bat biology, the book helps dispel many myths about bats, such as the ideas that bats are blind. The study of these animals concludes with a look at mankind's images of bats in art and folklore, in religion, and in the popular imagination. Updated information includes: bat anatomy and behaviour; echolocation, also known as the sonar sight of bats; senses, diets, roosts, and habitats of bats; bat conservation; and Websites that provide more information.

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M Brock Fenton is currently Chair of the Biology Department at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. He has studied the ecology and biology of bats all over the world, including Costa Rica, Australia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

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There are nearly 1000 species of bats worldwide, with unique adaptations, unusual diets, and enormous variations in behavior. Bat lovers will enjoy the dramatic full color photos from around the world by ``Batman'' Dr. Merlin Tuttle in this title from the Nature Watch series. The photos would have been more useful, however, if the captions had indicated geographic location and scale. For example, we are told the megabat pictured has a wing span of six feet and weighs 3-4 pounds, while the microbat photographed is smaller than a jellybean and weighs less than a penny; yet the bats appear the same size in the photos. Stuart attempts a world overview of bats in 48 pages, describing adaptations of the senses, bat food, migration, hibernation, birth and raising of young, and their threatened status. He would have done better to concentrate on fewer species in greater detail. Elsewhere the language is imprecise and the glossary is unhelpful, ``...the female bat stores the fertile male sperm in her uterus.'' The glossary defines ``uterus'' as ``a hollow organ in a female mammal's body.'' Still, the photos are appealing and the odd facts intriguing. Glossary and index. (Nonfiction. 10-12) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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