Children and Science

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978-0-8263-4403-8

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Hanging with Bats: Ecobats, Vampires, and Movie Stars


Karen Taschek

Whether they're darting across the evening sky in search of their breakfast or hanging from their upside-down roosts in caves, old mines, buildings, and trees, bats play a crucial role in the natural world but are all too often misunderstood by people who think of them as strange birds, flying rats, or Dracula in disguise. Karen Taschek's thoughtful and engaging exploration introduces young readers to the complicated and fascinating world of bats, both in their natural habitats and in the human imagination. Containing a wide range of bat-related topics, from their relationships with ecosystems to why you shouldn't be afraid of vampires, Hanging with Bats addresses echolocation, vocalization, migration patterns, and breeding habits with enthusiasm. Taschek also includes information on what to do if a bat gets in your house, building bat houses, and how to imitate bat "talk."


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

Karen Taschek is the author of fourteen young adult books on horses, including Horse of Seven Moons, the prequel to The Risen Horse. She is the author of Death Stars, Weird Galaxies, and a Quasar-Spangled Universe and Hanging with Bats, and is coeditor for the Barbara Guth Worlds of Wonder Science Series for Young Readers (University of New Mexico Press).

Karen Taschek is the author of fourteen young adult books on horses, including Horse of Seven Moons, the prequel to The Risen Horse. She is the author of Death Stars, Weird Galaxies, and a Quasar-Spangled Universe and Hanging with Bats, and is coeditor for the Barbara Guth Worlds of Wonder Science Series for Young Readers (University of New Mexico Press).

ACCLAIM

". . . combines clearly written text and stunning images to show the bats' place in the web of life and their positive impacts on society."

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West Side Journal, Albuquerque



". . . [Hanging with Bats] brings an enthusiastic, conversational tone to its introduction to bats. . . . the engaging language and visuals . . . create a lively reference source that young animal lovers may read for fun."

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Booklist



"This volume will be a valuable addition to school libraries and, indeed, to home libraries of anyone who wants to encourage an interest in bats among young readers."

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National Speleological Society News



"...thoroughly enjoyable and educational for readers of all ages....Enthusiastically recommended for grade school, high school, and children's public library collections, Hanging with Bats also makes a great gift for young adults interested in learning more about these fantastic mammals."

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Midwest Book Review



"...[an] interesting and accessible book..."

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New Mexico Magazine



"From the scientific discussion of where bats are found on the evolutionary tree to the whys and hows of building a bat house, there is little that cannot be learned from within these pages....The photographs and illustrations are fascinating...a great beginner's book on bats..."

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Voice of Youth Advocates




8.5 x 11 in. 104 pages 37 color plates., 4 drawings, 2 halftones