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The beetle book
2012
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Jenkins pairs his customarily gorgeous brand of cut- and torn-paper collage with fascinating tidbits in this exploration of the vast world of beetles. Each insect is carefully crafted to highlight its unique characteristics-the feather-horn beetle's fanlike antennae; the striking red markings on the back of a harlequin beetle-and several are shown actual size (terrifying in the case of some like the titan beetle and Fijian long-horn beetle). Readers will learn about basic beetle anatomy, as well as facts about specific species: the Australian tiger beetle "is the fastest runner in the insect world," and the titan beetle's jaws are strong enough to "snap a pencil in half." Jenkins offers a wealth of information about beetles and presents it impeccably. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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<p>Beetles squeak and beetles glow. Beetles stink, beetles sprint, beetles walk on water. With legs, antennae, horns, beautiful shells, knobs, and other oddities--what's not to like about beetles? The beetle world is vast: one out of every four living things on earth is a beetle. There are over 350,000 different species named so far and scientists suspect there may be as many as a million. From the goliath beetle that weighs one fourth of a pound to the nine inch long titan beetle, award-winning author-illustrator Steve Jenkins presents a fascinating array of these intriguing insects and the many amazing adaptations they have made to survive.</p>
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