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David Suzuki with Barbara Hehner.
Toronto, ON: Stoddart, 1986.
96pp., paper, $8.95.
ISBN 0-7737-5062-2. Stoddart Young Readers. CIP.

Subject Heading:
Insects-Juvenile literature.

Grades 2 and up / Ages 7 and up

Reviewed by Janice Foster.

Volume 14 Number 6
1986 November

Internationally-known scientist, David Suzuki, provides children with an excellent book in Looking at Insects. Host of the television series, "Nature of Things" and "Planet for the Taking," as well as author of a companion book, Looking at Planets¹, Suzuki's presentation of science topics is clear, funfilled, and exciting.

The world of insects intrigues young and old alike. Looking at lnsects dispels the reaction to insects as creepie-crawlies, and shows the reader the fascinating world of these small creatures. Through simple hands-on experiments, the reader is able to learn about the variety of insects, their life stories, and how they benefit humans and animals. Even the pre-schooler will enjoy listening to the stories and participating in the activities.

This activity-based book invites the reader to explore the incredible world of insects. With the author as the guide, the child or adult takes a field trip into the realm of caterpillars, ants, butterflies, and numerous other insects. The format of the book is excellent. Each main topic is presented in a three or four-page text, complete with clear illustrations. This is followed by activity pages entitled, "Something to Do," which specify needed equipment and include step-by-step directions. The section then concludes with interesting facts on insects explained in brief paragraphs, with headline type captions, such as "An Insect Horror Story." An index and table of contents is also included. The large, black-and-white illustrations are clearly labelled and enhance the text.

Looking at lnsects gives facts on insects in an interesting, story-like manner that even a reluctant reader would find captivating. The bold faced type is easy to read with scientific terms usually in italics. Whereas the vocabulary level might be somewhat difficult for the primary child, the content of the material will appeal to all.

Highly recommended.

Janice Foster, Winnipeg, MB.

¹ Reviewed vol XIV/I January 1986, p. 35.

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