Bats fly into the spotlight in this exploration of such basics as where the live, how mothers raise their pups, and how they hunt for food. Included as well is a simple plan for a building a backyard bat house.
1995 "Pick of the Lists" (ABA)
Best Children's Science Books 1995 (Science Books and Films)
Bats, the only flying mammals, are fascinating, gentle creatures. Their nightly meal of 3000 insects (equivalent to a 60-pound child consuming 125 peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches) helps rid the planet of insects that eat us as well as the crops we depend on. Bats not only dine heartily, but they are one of the only animals that use their tails to eat. We learn how incredible bats' ears are-they can hear the sound of a cricket walking-and how they use echolocation to navigate through darkness. We also learn how humans destroy bat's homes by cutting down forests and closing off attics. The Bat Facts section is filled with fascinating tidbits, like Thailand's Hog-Nosed Bat, the size of a bumblebee, is the world's smallest mammal, while Flying Foxes are enormous bats with wingspans six feet across. Also included in the book are instructions for building a backyard bat house. A "Let's Read-&-Find-Out Science Book" -Stage 2.