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The Bat Scientists
Contributor(s): Carson, Mary Kay, Uhlman, Tom (Photographer)

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ISBN: 0547199562     ISBN-13: 9780547199566
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2010

Annotation: This book chronicles the efforts of Dr. Merlin Tuttle and his colleagues at Bat Conservation International, as they try and save bat species from loss of habitat and white-nose syndrome.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Bats; Research; Juvenile literature.
Mammalogists; Juvenile literature.
Bats; Research.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Mammals
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Nocturnal
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Environmental Conservation & Protection
Dewey: 599.4
LCCN: 2010006767
Lexile Measure: 1010
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Scientists in the Field
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 11.50" H x 9.25" W x 0.50" (1.30 lbs) 79 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 139122
Reading Level: 6.2   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 2.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q50524
Reading Level: 8.6   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 6.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring)
With deft description and careful explanation, Carson profiles Bat Conservation International (BCI) as it researches the misunderstood title creatures. Clear text debunks "Batty Myths"--bats aren't flying mice nor do they suck blood--as it highlights BCI's conservation efforts. Uhlman's large photos are not for the squeamish, but many of his shots have a stately beauty. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2010 #6)
"The single biggest threat to bats is human ignorance about them," scientist Merlin Tuttle explains to Carson and to readers. "Most people are very happy to protect bats if only they understand them." This impassioned book is rich with fascinating information and photographs and will make readers think about bats in a new way. With deft description and careful explanation, Carson profiles Tuttle and his fellow bat-lovers of Bat Conservation International (BCI) as they research these misunderstood creatures. The clear text debunks "Batty Myths" -- bats are not flying mice nor do they suck blood -- as it highlights BCI's conservation efforts. Uhlman's large photos are not for the squeamish (one picture shows a coachwhip snake with a bat clamped in its mouth), but many of his shots (such as a swarm of silhouetted Mexican free-tailed bats flying out of Bracken Bat Cave near San Antonio, Texas) have a stately beauty. The last chapter focuses on the struggle to understand and contain white-nose syndrome, a devastating and fast-spreading disease that is killing hibernating bats. Back matter includes a glossary and index as well as additional resources where budding scientists can learn more about protecting these flying mammals that "play an important role in so many ecosystems." chelsey g. h. philpot Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 November)

Gr 5–8—This series entry takes readers along with Merlin Tuttle and a crew of BCI (Bat Conservation International) into bat caves and bridges, trees and houses to study these agile flitterers. Carson's readable, informative text dispels the ugly myths that have haunted these nocturnal hunter/gatherers, detailing bats' usefulness to humankind from gobbling up mosquitoes to scarfing down corn earworm moths to pollinating a multitude of plants throughout the rain forest. Replete with superb close-ups of big ears, hairless pups, furrowed faces, and fragile wings, the text describes the damage done by humans to bat environments and the ravages of white-nose syndrome, and tells of efforts to restore and protect hibernating sites and maternity colonies. Readers not ready for this richness of detail should enjoy Laurence Pringle's Handsome Bats (Boyds Mills, 2000), while those wanting more can plunge into Sandra Markle's elegant Inside and Outside Bats (S & S/Atheneum, 1997). Readers in the "more, more, more" contingent can investigate Karen Taschek's more challenging Hanging with Bats (Univ. of Mexico Press, 2008). A strong scientific look at a unique and often unloved mammal and the scientists who happily investigate them.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

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