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A Place for Bats

A Place for Bats

Spring 2012 Non-Fiction
Ages: 4 & Up
Author: Melissa Stewart
Illustrator: Higgins Bond
ISBN: 978-1-56145-624-6
Hardcover Price: $16.95

Bats are remarkable creatures that have a vital niche in the ecosystem. They control insects, pollinate plants, spread fruit seeds, and serve as food for other wild animals. However, modern life has created some real problems for bats-so much so that in many places their survival is threatened. The message of Melissa Stewart's A Place for Bats is that people need to safeguard bat habitats. Deforestation, insecticides, wind turbines, and even outdoor cats have contributed to bat population decline, which in turn negatively affects worldwide food chains and plant reproduction. The book educates readers on the different North American bat species, and gives easy advice for how we can ensure there is always a place for bats. This is a good book for eco-conscious children and those interested in science and nature.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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