Feeling just a little creepy and crawly?

August 08, 1999


Here are answers to the questions from the Summer Reading List about insects and reptiles. That suggested book list appeared in the July 11 Home & Family section.

Infants and preschoolers

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

A. A caterpillar.

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

A. An aardvark.

Q. In "Cornelius," what does he learn to do that the other crocodiles pretend not to care about, but are then caught trying to do?

A. Stand on his head and hang by his tail.

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

A. When she ventures into his room alone and he responds positively to her.

Q. In "Lizard in the Sun," what colors does the lizard turn into to camouflage himself?

A. Brown and green.

Q. In "The Mixed-Up Chameleon," how many different animals does the chameleon wish to be before wanting to be himself again?

A. Ten.

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

A. Fairies teach him to fly gracefully, and he uses his new skills to gather as much pollen as he can and returns to his hive.

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

A. A snail.

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

A. To the garage.

Q. In "To Bathe a Boa," where does the boa hide?

A. In a toy box.

Ages 4 to 8

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

A. He discovers they stop blinking and die when kept in the jar.

Q. In "The Girl Who Loved Caterpillars," what can't Izumi understand about the Lady Who Loved Butterflies?

A. Why everyone overlooks the creature that becomes the butterfly -- the caterpillar.

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

A. The weevils.

Q. In "The Leaf Men," what do the Leaf Men bring the old lady when she's sick in bed?

A. They bring her the little metal man that had been lost in the garden since she was 6.

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

A. The Big Iguana.

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

A. Scratches Snake's throat with her feet.

Q. In "The Lizard Who Followed Me Home," when the family returns from vacation where do they find the lizard?

A. In Mom's suitcase.

Q. In "Two Bad Ants," where do the two bad ants get lost?

A. A kitchen.

Q. In "Verdi," who helps the snake when he falls out of the tree?

A. The greens.

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

A. Annoying the iguana who frightens the python who scares the rabbit who startles the crow who alarms the monkey who falls on the owlet.

Ages 9 to 12

Q. In "Beetles, Lightly Toasted," what does Andy decide he'll write about?

A. Eating insects and reptiles as a means of conserving food.

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

A. "Some Pig" and "Terrific," describing Wilbur.

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

A. While practicing jumping at his home, he smells liverwurst and follows the smell to a picnic basket. He jumps in and, before he knows it, the basket is boarding a train to New York City.

Q. In "Ferret in the Bedroom, Lizards in the Fridge," what does Liz do when she gets to the podium?

A. She doesn't give the speech she wrote the night before. She talks about how although she wants to make friends and invite them over, she misses all the pets she gave up.

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

A. Paper that the Fire Bugs ate.

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

A. Because while his parents are in London shopping, they are eaten by a rhinoceros that escaped from the zoo.

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

A. The whirligig beetles.

Q. In "Minn of the Mississippi," what's the difference in the relationships a turtle and a crow have with their eggs?

A. The turtle digs a pit in the beach, lays her eggs and then leaves them. Crow eggs hatch only with the mother's constant care, warmth and protection.

Q. In "Snakes are Nothing to Sneeze At," why can't Annabel have a pet like her friends?

A. Her father is allergic to dogs and cats.

Q. In "There's a Tarantula in My Homework," what does Micah do to prove to his classmates that he's brave?

A. He takes the tarantula out of the tank and places it on his arm.

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