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Luna Moths
ISBN: 9780822573029
Author: Markle, Sandra
Publisher: Lerner Pub Group
Published: December 2007
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: With dramatic, eye-catching photos and engaging text, this title introduces young readers to the luna moth and illustrates its complete metamorphosis from egg to larva to pupa to moth. The text also explains how these changes help it survive. Other metamorphosing insects are discussed in the back matter.
Additional Information
BISAC category: JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Insects, Spiders, etc.
Target Age Group: Age 9-11
Target Grade: Grade 4-6
Grade level: Grade 4-6
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 7.25" W
Lexile Level: 730
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Non-Fiction, Animals
Grade level(s): 4th, 5th, 6th
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 119826
Reading Level: 4.8   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q43095
Reading Level: 4.5   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 4.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Fall)
Detailed text and close-up photographs provide an overview of each insect, its habitat, life cycle, and characteristics. A list of similar species and what makes each type of insect unique is included. These books offer a lot of information on each species, and the photographs, captions, and fact boxes broaden their usefulness. Related activities are appended. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Insect World titles: Hornets, Luna Moths, Praying Mantises, and Termites.] Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2008 February)

Gr 2–5— These books will please report writers, budding entomologists, and anyone who expects children's nonfiction to be as carefully documented as adult nonfiction. Built on an effective formula, each title begins with a page clarifying what an insect is, then moves on to name and describe its exterior and interior body parts, its life cycle, and its behaviors. A comparison with similar insects, a glossary, suggested books and Web sites, and activities round out each volume. The books are notable for the sharp photos placed precisely to enhance understanding. A diagram of internal organs is simple, well labeled, and approved by an expert on the featured insect. The main texts are clear and flow well, while tidbits framed in black hexagons add punch for those drawn to snappy facts. The two activities in each book range from testing your reflexes for comparison with those of a striking praying mantis to making paper like a hornet. Luna Moths and Hornets are the only full texts available at this level on these insects. Termites and Praying Mantises have competition from other publishers but hold their own well. Purchasers should note that Termites is about African mound-building termites, not the common American varieties. There is also one minor error in Termites , an incorrect accent for the word metamorphosis. In all, these books are both professional and appealing.—Ellen Heath, Easton Area Public Library, Easton, PA

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