Have you ever seen a dragonfly? Dragonflies catch insects while flying through the air. Find out more about these fascinating insects.
A brief introduction to dragonflies, including
their characteristics, habitat, life cycle, and predators. Includes a range
map, life cycle illustration, and amazing facts.
Editorial Reviews, Children's Literature: Dragonfliesis one volume of Bridgestone's "World of Insects" series intended for new or struggling readers and created according to certain guidelines. Text appears on the right side of each one-page chapter (of which there are eight), with a color photograph, a map, or a life cycle drawing on the left. Vocabulary is controlled; the style is simple and forthright. The information appears correct (though no species are named or their marvelous colors explored); the six dragonfly photos are bright and well chosen to illustrate the corresponding text. That being said, one wonders how useful the slender books can be, especially considering the price. For beginning readers the text, which is necessarily brief, may provide enough information; older readers will probably demand more, no matter what level their reading skills. Teachers and librarians must weigh the advantages of easy access against the question of motivation on the part of students reluctant to delve into a book. Surely a livelier format and imaginative illustrations, combined with a wealth of intriguing information, could provide greater appeal. Books like Susie Caldwell Rinehart'sEliza and the Dragonfly(Dawn, 2004), or, for exploration of words and Molly Bang's playful insect constructions, the haiku collection,Red Dragonfly on my Shoulder(HarperCollins, 1992), may prove to be better bargains. On the other hand, in well-endowed libraries and media centers this could be a good introductory series for the youngest readers. For true dragonfly aficionados, however, much more research will be imperative. 2006, Capstone, Ages 6 to 9.—Barbara L. Talcroft