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All About African Locusts

All About African Locusts

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ISBN: 9781680207583

Dewey Number: 599.0

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Locusts are incredible insects. Usually they want to be alone. Then, suddenly and without warning, they start to form groups. These groups transform into dangerous swarms. Part of a series on Insects Around the World, All About African Locusts explains how these swarms happen and what it means for people. Loaded with eye-catching, full-color photographs, this book reveals the parts of the locust and where it lives. If you've ever wondered about this crop-consuming insect, this book will satisfy your curiosity.

Gr 3-5–Most of the insects in this series are rarely covered in children’s books. Titles feature straightforward descriptions of characteristics and behaviors, accompanied by large ­photographs spanning a page and a half. Unique qualities, like the Matabele ant’s termite predation and the popularity of mopane worms as food for humans, are highlighted. Though there is plenty of intriguing information, the presentations are not always smooth and complete. Readers learn how Madagascar hissing cockroaches hiss, for example, but nothing about how that aids their survival. Some text boxes pack in too many facts. Photographs capture the unusual aspects of each insect fairly well, though not all directly support the textual content. VERDICT Worth considering for comprehensive insect species coverage.--April 1, 2023, School Library Journal

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