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 Praying mantises : an augmented reality experience (Creepy Crawlers In Action: Augmented Reality)
 Author: Markle, Sandra

 Publisher:  Lerner (2021)

 Dewey: 595.7
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 32 p., col. ill., 23 cm

 BTSB No: 603956 ISBN: 9781728402734
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Praying mantises
 Insects -- Behavior

Price: $24.88

A praying mantis waits for a prey insect to appear. Then, like lightning, the mantis strikes! Learn how praying mantises hunt, reproduce, and protect themselves with thrilling details and awesome augmented reality experiences.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.90
   Points: .5   Quiz: 511346

   School Library Journal (04/01/21)
   Booklist (04/01/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 04/01/2021 Gr 4–6—Well-rounded arthropod profiles utilize words, photos, and an extra augmented reality component. Engaging text describes the creatures' attributes and behaviors. The lively scientific tone highlights fascinating facts and concepts without sensationalizing. Excellent photographs with useful captions show key physical features. Two noteworthy spreads present full-body views: photographs show the outside, while a drawing shows internal organs. Readers with a smartphone can access the augmented reality feature by downloading an app, then scanning a marked image on the page. A 3-D animated image pops up on the phone screen. There are three per book; most are visually appealing without significantly extending the information. More impressive examples include the expansion of a tick's body as it feeds (Ticks) and the jumping spider's mating dance (Jumping Spiders). This feature may increase engagement for some readers, but there's also plenty of excellent content for the print-only audience. VERDICT First-rate nonfiction, with a multimedia tie-in. - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 04/01/2021 There is something innately fascinating about the praying mantis, so this up-close study of the insect will naturally draw kids curious about nature. Even better, as part of the Creepy Crawlers in Action: Augmented Reality series (6 titles), it features three photos that come to life with the free Lerner AR app, though it’s not necessary to enjoy the book. The text itself describes the life cycle of the European praying mantis—the green, folded creature most North Americans will picture—positioning it as an arthropod and ambush predator that helps keep insect populations in check. One large digital illustration diagrams a female mantis’ internal anatomy, while mostly well-chosen photos appear on all other pages in support of the text’s topics, from molting to emerging nymphs to hunting. A not-too-creepy introduction to a unique insect. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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