Bite into Bloodsuckers

Bite into Bloodsuckers

by Kari-Lynn Winters, Ishta Mercurio


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Finalist for the 2016 Animal Behavior Society's Outstanding Children's Book Award

2017 Red Maple Non-Fiction Award finalist

On the Fall 2016 edition of the CCBC's Best Books for Kids and Teens

Most people hear the word "vampire" and they think of shady, nocturnal characters with capes and pointed teeth. But that's all pretend...right? Wrong! Blood-thirsty creatures are real — but not in the ways you might be imagining them! In fact, there are trillions of vampires creeping, crawling, swimming, buzzing and even flying among us. Whether they are the fleas that love your pets as much as you do, the bedbugs that snuggle in with you at night, the lampreys that eat your fish dinner before you do, or the seemingly innocent butterflies that flutter above, these vampires come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and species.

Bloodsucking creatures are known for their irritating habits. They pierce your skin, drink your blood, and sometimes spread diseases. They range from highly annoying to deadly. It's difficult to love them, but these hungry critters are a necessity in our global ecosystems and they can even be beneficial.

Filled with fascinating and sometimes gory information, full-color photos, interactive activities, and educational diagrams and charts, Bite into Bloodsuckers is sure to get under your skin and run through your veins!

Read more about:
Why bloodsuckers crave blood
Types of real-life vampires
Where bloodsuckers live and breed
Lifecycles of different blood-thirsty creatures
Dangers and fears of bloodsuckers
Benefits of vampire creatures-both environmental and medical
How to protect yourself from nasty bites

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554553266
Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date: 10/15/2015
Series: Up Close with Animals
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 1160L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 12 Years

About the Author

Kari-Lynn Winters is an author, poet, and performer. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, where she teaches drama-in-education. She is the author of Buzz About Bees.

Ishta Mercurio is a freelance writer, homeschooler, web series creator, and video blogger. She has lived in the United States, England, and Scotland, and now makes her home in Ontario, where she is obsessed with filming bugs. This is her first published book.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: I Vant to Suck Your Blood
Out for Blood
What is Blood?
Blood for Survival
At Stake
Blood Brothers

Chapter 2: Warm-Blooded Slurpers
Got (Warm) Blood?
Flesh and Blood
Blood Feasts
Vampire Bats
Sharing in the Blood Bath

Chapter 3: Pecking Orders
Vampire Finches
Birds That Want Blood

Chapter 4: Fliers and Buzzers
Who's That Buzzing in My Ear?
Not Horsing Around
Battle of the Bloodsuckers
Sensing a Blood Buffet
Salty Sips
Beautiful Blooderflies

Chapter 5: Crawlers
What Makes a Tick Tick?
Seven Habits of Highly Annoying Ticks
Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite
The Kiss of Death
Bloodsucking the Bloodsuckers
Mighty Mite
Lousy Lice
Nice for Lice: Does Your Hair Measure Up?

Chapter 6: Swimmers
Leeching Beneath Your Skin
Catching (and Draining) Some Rays
Pale Around the Gills

Chapter 7: Where Bloodsuckers Live and Bleed

Chapter 8: There's a Sucker Born Every Minute
Life Cycle of a Mosquito
Life Cycle of a Kissing Bug
Blood and Guts
Vampire Batterfly: A Metamorphosis Game

Chapter 9: Parasites From the Past
Weighing in on Fleas
Amber: As Good As Gold?
Blood from a Stone

Chapter 10: Blood, Sweat, and Fears
Flea Bitten
Disease Carried by Bad Blood
Ticked Off in Northern Canada
These Welts Are Bugging Me!
Fraught With Danger

Chapter 11: Vampires Keeping Us Safe and Sound
Opening the Blood Gates
Flea For Your Life
Kissing Syringes Goodbye
Battling Heart Attacks

Chapter 12: Suck it Up! We Need Those Bloodsuckers!
Marvellous Mosquitos
Stuck In a Web
Blood on the BATtlefield

Chapter 13: Leave My Blood Alone!
Stop Bugging Me!
Bug Off!
The Clock is Ticking
Planet-Wide Pest Control
Don't Be a Sucker!

Further Reading
Image Credits

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