No Backbone! The World of Invertebrates: Insects
Author: Molly Smith
Age Group: 5-8
What do ladybugs usually eat? Mainly they feed on other insects that are harmful to farmers’ crops. In
fact, some farmers have put ladybugs in their fields to protect their fruits and vegetables from other
insects. These are just some of the surprising facts children will discover as they explore the fascinating
world of these helpful creatures. Large, eye-popping photos and clear, grade-appropriate text will engage
emergent readers as they learn about the natural habitat, physical characteristics, diet, and behavior of
this unique invertebrate. Helpful Ladybugs is part of Bearport’s No Backbone! The World of Invertebrates
These books introduce readers to invertebrates, chronicling such information as how praying mantises
keep clean and the different colors of stinkbugs. The close-up photos are vivid and engaging.
[Starred review]. I recommend the No Backbone! The World of Invertebrates series highly. The engaging,
informative text and bright dramatic photography will delight emergent readers as well as adults reading to
young children. The books will be a useful supplement to a life sciences curriculum and would be a
welcome addition to elementary school classrooms and school and public libraries.