Thursday, July 26, 2012

Bats Abound! It's summertime!

It's summertime... and chances are the bats are swooping in your neck of the woods... I know they are here!  Spend a few minutes learning about the little critters!

Halfmann, Janet.
At Home in the Cave.
February 2012.
Sylvan Dell Publishing.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

Baby Bat is asked to practice flapping his wings while his mother sets out in search of food for herself on night with all the other adult bats from the cave.  In anticipation of all that the world holds, Baby Bat is fearful to fulfill his mother's request.  However, while flapping ever so slowly, Baby Bat unknowingly takes flight and lands in what could be a sticky mess.  However, in meeting his new friend, Plurbius Packrat, Baby Bat learns about how bats help out other cave-dwelling creatures and in the end, learns a couple of important lesson - despite their reputation, bats play an important role in our lives and that even though it may be scary to head out into the world of unknown, you can always go home at the end of the day to the familiar. 

Lies, Brian.
Bats at the Beach.
June 2011.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.
**Super Low Price of $3.57 (lap board book)**

As the sun goes down and the evening sky approaches, the bats begin to rise from their slumber for a night at the beach - testing out the ocean waters, building sand castles, burying each other in the sand, pretending to be kites (dipping and diving), munching on bug-treats and roasting bug-mallows.  And, as all good beach days must, the bats night at the beach, too, must end, as they fly away before daybreak.

Children will appreciate the fun, rhyming nature of Bats at the Beach, they'll also be learning a great deal of vocabulary related to bats and their lifestyles (nocturnal habits, foods they feast on, etc). 

There are tons of benefits to housing a bat house in your backyard - check out this article from the National Wildlife Federation to find out about them!  After discovering just some of how bats are useful creatures in nature, work together to construct and decorate a bat house for your own backyard this summer!


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style='clear: both;' Janet Halfmann said...

Thanks for giving us a peek into the world of bats. Happy "bat" reading to all!