Insects & Reptiles

Summer Reading List

July 11, 1999|By Randi Kest

About this page: Appearing monthly during the summer (also on Aug. 8), this page will provide youngsters and their parents with age-appropriate readings suggested by local experts and regional libraries. Also included are activities and fun facts for entertainment and learning.

"Amazing Crocodiles & Reptiles" by Mary Ling

Sea turtles look exhausted crawling on land, but they glide gracefully in water. They can speed along at up to 40 miles per hour if need be, flapping their powerful flippers like wings.

Q. What is the best year for grasshoppers?

A. Leap year!

Q. Where do flies get their news?

A. From the Daily Fly Paper!

When we dive underwater, we wear goggles to protect our eyes. Crocs have three eyelids -- two where eyelids usually are and a third, see-through lid that moves from side to side for safe underwater sight.

Crocodiles have only about 50 meals a year.

Q. Where do bugs go on vacation?

A. Timbugtoo!

Q. How does the queen bee fix her hair?

A. With a honeycomb.

Q. What do spiders like with their hamburgers?

A. French flies!

Q. Why are frogs so happy?

A. They eat whatever bugs them.

Q. Where do ants come from?

A. Antarctica.

All riddles from "Buggy Riddles" by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg

Suggested titles

Infants and preschoolers

1. "Bugs!" by David T. Greenberg

2. "Bugs for Lunch" by Margery Facklam

3. "Cornelius" by Leo Lionni

4. "I'd Rather Have an Iguana" by Heidi Stetson Mario

5. "Lizard in the Sun" by Joanne Ryder

6. "The Mixed-Up Chameleon" by Eric Carle

7. "Mr. Bumble" by Kim Kennedy

8. "My Day in the Garden" by Miela Ford

9. "There's an Alligator Under My Bed" by Mercer Mayer

10. "To Bathe a Boa" by C. Imbior Kudrna

Ages 4 to 8

1. "Fireflies" by Julie Brinckloe

2. "The Girl Who Loved Caterpillars" by Jean Merrill

3. "The Iguana Brothers" by Tony Johnston (excerpted in the Today Section July 14)

4. "Insectlopedia" by Douglas Florian

5. "The Leaf Men" by William Joyce

6. "The Lizard Who Followed Me Home" by Kate Allen

7. "The Singing Snake" by Stefan Czernecki and Timothy Rhodes

8. "Two Bad Ants" by Chris Van Allsburg

9. "Verdi" by Janell Cannon

10. "Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears" by Verna Aardema (excerpted on Page 4m of today's section)

Ages 9 to 12

1. "Beetles, Lightly Toasted" by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

2. "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White

3. "The Cricket in Times Square" by George Selden

4. "Ferret in the Bedroom, Lizards in the Fridge" by Bill Wallace

5. "The Fire Bug Connection" by Jean Craighead George

6. "James and the Giant Peach" by Roald Dahl

7. "Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices" by Paul Fleischman

8. "Minn of the Mississippi" by Holling Clancy Holling

9. "Snakes are Nothing to Sneeze At" by Gabrielle Charbonnet

10. "There's a Tarantula in My Homework" by Susan Clymer

Quiz time

Infants and preschoolers

In "Bugs!", what insect's hair makes a great blanket or sweater?

In "Bugs for Lunch," whose tongue is long and sticky and slurps termites and ants?

In "Cornelius," what does Cornelius learn to do that the other crocodiles say they're not interested in but then try to copy?

In "I'd Rather Have an Iguana," when does the big sister finally accept the new baby into the family?

In "Lizard in the Sun," into what two colors does the lizard change to camouflage himself?

In "The Mixed-Up Chameleon," how many different animals does the chameleon wish to be?

In "Mr. Bumble," what does it take for Mr. Bumble to deliver a heaping bucket of pollen to the queen bee?

In "My Day in the Garden," who do the worms play hide-and-seek with?

In "There's an Alligator Under My Bed," where does the little boy lead the alligator?

In "To Bathe a Boa," where is the boa hiding?

Ages 4 to 8

In "Fireflies," why does the little boy let the fireflies go?

In "The Girl Who Loved Caterpillars," who do Izumi's parents want her to be like when she grows up?

In "The Iguana Brothers," what is Dom's favorite constellation?

In "Insectlopedia," what are evil, aggrieved, ruinous and rotten?

In "The Leaf Men," what finally heals the old woman?

In "The Lizard Who Followed Me Home," where does the family find the lizard once they return from Florida?

In "The Singing Snake," what does Lark do so snake will let him out?

In "Two Bad Ants," where are the two ants lost?

In "Verdi," who helps Verdi when he falls to the ground and hurts himself?

In "Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears," what is the mosquito accused of doing?

Ages 9 to 12

In "Beetles, Lightly Toasted," what does Andy decide to write about?

In "Charlotte's Web," what are the two words Charlotte weaves into her web?

In "The Cricket in Times Square," how does Chester end up in New York City?

In "Ferret in the Bedroom, Lizards in the Fridge," what happens when Liz gets to the podium for her election speech?

In "The Fire Bug Connection," what is in the holding jars of the Fire Bugs that die?

In "James and the Giant Peach," why is James sent to live with Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker?

In "Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices," what bugs are spinning and swerving as if on a merry-go-round?

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