The secret world of insects revealed. Every fall, insects disappear. And every spring, they return. Where do they go? The dragonfly dies, leaving its young safe in the muddy bottom of a stream. The monarch butterfly sails the air to dry mountains in Mexico. And the Arctic woolly bear caterpillar becomes a "bugsicle"—it freezes solid, then thaws out to live another day. The honeybee, praying mantis, field cricket, ladybug, and pavement ant also use awe-inspiring tricks to outwit the killing frosts of winter. The author and illustrator re-create the insects' movements and reveal their secrets in this winner of the John Burroughs Nature Books for Young Readers Award. Experiments reinforce key concepts.
About the Author
Amy S. Hansen has written twelve books for children, most of them about the science of everyday life. In addition, she has written for several children's magazines, including Highlights for Children, Cricket, Ask, and Click. her electronic encyclopedia, Earth Explorer, received a Parents' Choice Award from the Parents' Choice Foundation. She lives in Greenbelt, Maryland
Robert C. Kray is an artist and illustrator whose depictions of wildlife have been published and recognized nationally. His illustrations have been published by the National Wildlife Federation and in Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, Reader's Digest, Highlights for Children, and others. He lives in Mountaintop, Pennsylvania.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Where do bugs go in the winter? Well, it turns out that lots of them die, laying eggs to hatch in the spring. Others do different things, like ladybugs that huddle together for warmth, monarch butterflies that migrate all the way to Mexico, and woolly bear caterpillars who actually freeze and spend the winter as bugsicles. The text would have been more effective if it had been shorter and then perhaps more species of bugs could have been included. Kids who are bug fanatics may enjoy this one, but for tales of animals in winter, I'd stick with Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart.