Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Review: 'A Place for Bats' by Melissa Stewart

A Place for Bats, by Melissa Stewart, Illustrated by Higgins Bond, 2012, Peachtree, $16.95, hardbound, 32 pages. Category/Genre: reference. Cover: Intriguing. Where we got it: publisher. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million. 

Another in the 'A Place for' series, this book focuses on bats and how we can make the world a better place for them. 

It's important to help bats because they play a vital role in the ecosystem, and because they are special in their own right. They also eat lots of insects, which, of course, is helpful to humans. Plus, some bats aid in spreading pollen from flower to flower, whilst others carry the seeds from a plant to a new place. 

Stewart tells us that scientists have discovered over 1,100 different species of bats -- although no-one knows for sure exactly how many bats the world contains. There are forty-five kinds of bats living in North America. Bond illustrates a number of them in this book, and there are maps showing the range of each bat illustrated. 

Along with informing the reader about the dangers humans create for bats, Stewart tells us how we can help prevent all of these problems -- and what's already being done to help. For example, the Northern yellow bat, who lives, among other places, in Texas, likes to spend the day sleeping in palm trees. The dead, leaf-like fronds of the palm tree help protect the bat from predators. If you have palm trees, leave the dead fronds for the bats to sleep in. 

Stewart also includes some very interesting bat facts at the back of the book. 

If you like this one, try: A Place for Birds, by Melissa Stewart; Bat Loves the Night, by Nicola Davies; and Little Lost Bat, by Sandra Markle. And for older readers, Pippa's First Summer, by Catherine Badgley. 

Don't forget to check out the other sites on the tour!

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