By Mary Kay Carson
I have fond memories of bat-watching with my family as a child, so when the library got a new book about them, I decided to look through it. The Bat Scientists is absolutely full of interesting tidbits about bats. Some are things everyone should know. For instance, only one half of one percent of bats contract rabies, and they very rarely bite humans. Others are just random bits of fun information. Did you know that bats have bellybuttons?
This book is part of a series called Scientists in the Field that introduces kids to scientists that work in nature. The library owns two dozen books in the series. Topics range from scientists studying deep-sea volcanoes to those who study endangered species (tree kangaroos, snow leopards, and wolves to name a few). The photographs never fail to amaze, and the text is full of fascinating information. I also read and highly recommend Kakapo Rescue about huge ground-dwelling parrots in New Zealand, and the scientists who are trying to save the world’s last 91 kakapo parrots.
reviewed by Jessica