Bugs and Bugsicles (Hardcover)

Insects in the Winter

By Amy S. Hansen, Robert C. Kray (Illustrator)

Boyds Mills Press, 9781590782699, 32pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2010

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Paperback (2/1/2010)

List Price: 17.95*
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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.

Praise For Bugs and Bugsicles: Insects in the Winter

"What animals do in winter is a common childhood question. This is the first title for young readers in 25 years to offer an answer. Two easy ice experiments add a hands-on dimension. A splendid addition to the science shelf. (additional reading, glossary, index)" —Kirkus Reviews

"Hansen's prose is that of a talented and confident science teacher." —Chicago Tribune

"An especially good book to use in science classes." —Library Media Connection