How tiny can a bat be?

January 8, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Hello, Bumblebee Bat by Darrin Lunde, illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne; published by Charlesbridge, Watertown, Mass.; 2007.

Bumblebee Bats are very small; this point is told in the text and the illustrations.  In fact, most of the information that children will learn about the species is told in the pictures, which are realistic watercolor, ink and colored pencil images.  Dark tones, reminiscent of twilight, let the reader know that these creatures prefer nightime.  When the warm colors of sunrise peak through a cave opening, the bats are sleeping and the text reads, “Good night, Bumblebee Bat!”  More information about the bats is provided at the end of the story, and without that page, a child might not know that this is non-fiction.

I would use this in a couple of ways.  One, it would make a terrific buddy reader–a child could read the large type and a more proficient reader (parent, teacher, sibling) could read the more difficult information provided in a smaller font size.  Second, it would make a good supplement for the second grade curriculum on bats.

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Entry filed under: Non-fiction or Informational, Picture Book, Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal or Honor Book for Beginning Readers. Tags: , , , , , .

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