Cover image for Bat citizens : defending the ninjas of the night / Rob Laidlaw.
Bat citizens : defending the ninjas of the night / Rob Laidlaw.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Pajama Press, 2018.

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
It's a bat world -- Unbelievable bat biology -- Bats for a healthy world -- Bat challenges and solutions -- Being a friend to bats.
An innovative full-color work about bats biology, habits, and history, and the bat conservation efforts of young people around the world.


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599.4 LAI Book Junior Collection

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From the award-winning author of No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs and Cat Champions: Caring for our Feline Friends comes an inspiring book about bats, their importance to a wide range of ecosystems, and the young "bat citizens" who are engaged in conservation efforts around the world.In Bat Citizens: Defending the Ninjas of the Night, celebrated animal activist and biologist Rob Laidlaw sheds light on these famously shadowy mammals, from their habits and habitats to their importance for maintaining biodiversity. Bat biology is explored alongside the history of human-bat relations, with facts to fascinate even the most nervous reader. Spotlight features on "Bat Citizens" make this an empowering book for children seeking their own expressions of global citizenship. With informational sidebars, colour photographs, a glossary and index, and a center-gatefold bat illustration, Bat Citizens is a book that will both instruct and inspire.

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Author and animal welfare activist Laidlaw shows some love for the undervalued bat, while celebrating the work of other bat-enthusiasts to educate the public about the animals. Laidlaw explores bat anatomy, diet, habitats, species (more than 1,300 identified), and threats facing bats today. Writing in first-person for some sections, Laidlaw describes witnessing a "tornado-like spiral of Mexican free-tailed bats" emerge from Bracken Cave outside San Antonio, Tex.; concerned citizens helped protect the cave from development that would have negatively impacted the bats. Throughout the book, Laidlaw profiles young "bat citizens," including four- and five-year-olds Eleanor and Samson Davis, whose hot chocolate stand raised more than $100 for the Organization for Bat Conservation. In addition to the striking photographs, a gatefold features a life-size painting of a hoary bat in flight. Many readers will be inspired by Laidlaw's implication that anyone can become an animal advocate with enough curiosity and compassion. Ages 8-12. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.