In simple yet informative language, A Place for Bats introduces young readers to ways human action or inaction can affect bat populations and opens kids minds to a wide range of environmental issues. Describing various examples, the text provides an intriguing look at bats, at the ecosystems that support their survival, and at the efforts of some people to save them. At the end of the book, the author offers readers a list of things they can do to help protect these special creatures in their own communities. Artist Higgins Bond s glorious full-color illustrations vividly and accurately depict the bats and their surroundings.
Children\'s Literature - Debra Lampert-Rudman
Bat Lovers, Rejoice! You have found your special, safe haven. Stewart\'s simple, but eloquent, call for man\'s support of the helpful bat is delightfully enhanced by page after page of glorious illustrations of bats including Little Brown Bat, Western Red Bat, Silver-Haired Bat, and more bats than the average reader knew existed. Encouraging the reader with simple ways to encourage bat habitats, for example, \"When people leave the old, drooping fronds on the trees in their yards, bats can live and grow.\" The young reader learns that even plants need bats. \"How We Can Help Bats\" and \"Fascinating Bat Facts\" on the final pages, along with a selected bibliography of interesting books, articles, and websites provide additional reference works about bats. Bond\'s endpapers provide maps illustrating the different areas each of the bats depicted within the book hail from. All in all, a stellar book for the young bat enthusiast. Reviewer: Debra Lampert-Rudman
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—This book introduces 12 varieties of bats and their habitats around Canada, the United States, and Mexico, and brings to life their challenges to survive. It opens with the famous Mexican free-tailed bats taking flight from under the Congress Bridge in Austin, TX. Stewart\'s text serves to educate children not to fear bats, but to understand and appreciate the important things they do. It also provides primary-grade fact hounds with sidebar information about bats with specific problems and the efforts of scientists, communities, and agencies, such as Bat Conservation International, to save them. A page of facts and a well-selected bibliography of books, articles, and websites are appended. Bond\'s luminous acrylic illustrations add interest and informative detail. A memorable springboard to action.—Nancy Call, formerly at Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA