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The Bat Scientists

(Scientists in the Field)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  168 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Dr. Merlin Tuttle and his colleagues at Bat Conservation International aren't scared of bats. These bat crusaders are fascinated by them, with good reason. Bats fly the night skies in nearly every part of the world, but they are the least studied of all mammals. As the major predator of night-flying insects, bats eat many pests. Unfortunately bats are facing many problems, ...more
Hardcover, Scientists in the Field, 80 pages
Published September 6th 2010 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 2010)
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Another excellent entry in the Scientists in the Field series. Carson here follows Dr. Merlin Tuttle and the scientists of Bat Conservation International as they study bats at Bracken Bat Cave in Texas and other American sites. Some of these species are endangered, largely due to habitat destruction and a disease called white-nose syndrome. I learned that not every cave is suitable for bats; roosting places need to be sheltered, warm, and dry, whereas hibernating places need to be cool and undis ...more
Abby Johnson
May 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blogged
I don't know if you know this about me, but I love bats. They are so cool! They eat insects. They're the only mammals that truly fly. They hang upside down. I just think bats are really cool. In fact, I can't even count the number of times I said, "Oh, cool!" as I was reading this book.

The beautiful photos, ranging from stunning wide shots of millions of bats to unique close-ups of individuals, will win you over to my side. And the book's got all the elements you'd expect from this series - an i
Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Jun 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: bat lovers and children of all ages
Recommended to Shellie (Layers of Thought) by: Net Galley
Original review at Layers of Thought.

A great book with incredible pictures. It is perfect for the Halloween and fall season.

Synopsis: A preteen and children’s book based upon a group of people whose aim is to educate children (and adults too) about our fellow planetary inhabitants - bats. It is written by scientists with a love of this special but ugly animal.

Bats are an umbrella species – if they are protected then it naturally extends to the protection of other species, helping them to thrive
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
+Full of interesting information with great pictures . If you buy this book you help scientists with bat conservation efforts.

Unfortunately, many people don't know the important role bats play in our ecosystem. Most people are misinformed and frightened by them.
I learned a lot from this book and it's a great way of showing children what goes behind studying these extraordinary animals.
Dec 05, 2012 added it
Carson, Mary Kay. (2010). The Bat Scientists. Photography by Tom Uhlman. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 80 pp. ISBN 978-0-547-19956-6 (Hard Cover); $18.99.

When I first moved to Michigan, I was horrified to learn that some of my in-laws regularly killed bats with tennis rackets. Their old historic house has many entrances for creatures as small as bats and their fear and ignorance allowed them to complain about bats in the house while scratching mosquito bites. Some even believed that bats would fly i
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Citation: The Bat Scientists, by Mary Kay Carson. (Houghton Mifflin, 2010). 80p. Informational Text.

Summary: This book seeks to inform the reader about bats and correct misunderstandings about the species. The layout includes sections of text, photographs, diagrams, and maps. It also provides a glossary and suggests books and websites for further research.

Critique: (a.) This book is an excellent example of accurate informational texts. The book is broken into chapters ranging from a beginner’s
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Bat Scientists is basically a cheerleader for bats and a reminder of how important bats are to many ecosystems. Bats have long been misunderstood and mistreated by humans; some of the most common bat myths are that they are disease-carrying, human-biting, flying rodents. In actuality bats do not carry disease at a higher rate than other mammals, they typically avoid humans, and are more closely related to monkeys than rodents. The book follows various bat scientists and details their work, w ...more
Emily H.
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: roser_top-25
Book type: informational text
Intended audience: 9 year olds, 5th grade and up

I live in Austin, Texas, which is home to the largest urban Mexican Free Tailed bat population in the United States. I think our brown bats are adorable. I remember them flapping around to collect insects during late-night football games, or the smell of bat guana as I took my canoe under the Congress Avenue bridge, or the stray sick bat on the playground. We took field trips to Natural Bridge Caverns and would see bats
Ashton Livsey
Dec 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Genre: Children’s Book, Informational
Summary: This Scientists in the Field book focuses on bats, which are surprisingly endangered. Mary Kay Carson details the different bats, facts about bats, and shows scientists studying how bats live and how to help them.
Critique: a) One of the great aspects of this book are the colorful photographs and maps which aid in informing the reader of bats.
When children read informative books, many are easily bored by simply stating facts. This book focuses on ho
Amanda Howell
Dec 04, 2013 added it
Shelves: libs-642
Junior Book Log: Literature Circle 5
Recommending Source: Kimmel

This story was all about bats. Everything that you could ever want to know about bats was discussed in this book. There are so many different kinds of bats!!! This book is packed with diagrams and pictures that would knock your socks off. It has a glossary and a section that is full of fun facts. I really enjoyed this book and I think that it would be a wonderful resource for students and teachers to use in the building. In Virginia
I remember the bat episode from Reading Rainbow. I suppose that episode was all I felt I could want to know about bats. After that I was not afraid of bats, though I was wary of them until I lived in Nauvoo and we had bats who roosted in one of the old smokestack things at the Joseph Smith Academy building. I grew to enjoy watching them come out at night and knew there was nothing to be wary of. But I still didn't feel like there was more I needed or wanted to know of bats, until I read this boo ...more
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
1. Informational Junior Book
2. The Bat Scientists provides a look into what bats really are by debunking some myths as well as describing real-life examples of what scientists do in their field. The book provides a look into 4 different scientists careers as well as ways one can be active in bat conservation.
3.The best aspect of this book was how well graphics, visual aids, images and maps were incorporated into the information given in the narrative. The author creates a wonderful narrative th
Amanda Behrends
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
Summary - Describes various types of bats, challenges to their survival, and conservation efforts.
Curriculum Connection - Learning about different types of scientists and what a scientist does, learning about mammals, and Earth Day connection for conservation efforts.
Personal Reaction - I found this book really informational. I liked that the author profiled different scientists involved with the organization Bat Conservation International, explaining how each of them became interested in bats
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, animals, jobs
Another excellent title in the Scientists in the Field series, this one puts the lie to many myths about bats. In fact, by the time readers finish the book with its engaging text and mesmerizing photographs, they will likely be signing up for newsletters about bats and finding ways to come to their aid. Part of the book focuses on the life work of Dr. Merlin Tuttle, but other sections describe how bats nest under bridges and in caves, and how humans are helping them to survive. Recent threats su ...more
May 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous addition to the Scientists in the Field series. It makes bats interesting and accessible and clears up some of the myths and prejudices against these amazing creatures. I was quite ready to install a bat shelter in my yard by the time I finished this one. I hope this book will help in the fight to protect bats in the United States, both by educating kids, parents, & teachers, and through donations from the sale of the book (isn't that fabulous?!) Highly recommended!
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful and interesting book about bats---all kinds! It details the work and conservation efforts of Dr. Merlin Tuttle and his colleagues at Bat Conservation International. This organization was created to protect and educate people about these wonderful creatures. They have a special place in our ecosystem and this book explains the reason they need to be protected. The photographs are stunning! A must-read for anyone interested in bats and conservation.
Jim Erekson
Feb 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Scientists' actual daily work with photos from the field--all top-notch as usual. But the best books in this series have a strong narrative line, a specific story unfolding through the book. This one is more about the usual effort to shift people's perceptions about bats from negative to positive.
Tameika King
Dec 07, 2013 added it
Shelves: libs-642
This informative book allows readers to get into the world of bats by exploring their habitats, myths about bats, and diseases that are threatening to cause some species to become endangered. This book provided a lot of interesting information and photographs. I think it would be a great book to use in the classroom for science lessons. The audience for this book would be upper elementary.
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I think that this book is interesting because there are some facts in this book, that i didn't know about bats. I didn't know that some bats have different body parts then other bats. I hope to see what i learn next while continuing this book.
Kate Hastings
Dec 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Grades 4-8. What a wonderful book about bats. I am so glad someone decided to talk about the white nose syndrome. I'm terrified that all of our bats will be wiped out, and they are amazing animals-- as demonstrated by this book. Go bats!
Alexandra Chauran
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I wish that this book had existed when I was in elementary school. It has my childhood heroes among the pages: Merlin Tuttle, Barbara French, and more! I feel like this book could really encourage the child who wants to be a wildlife biologist when he or she grows up.
Annie Oosterwyk
Does a good job of stressing the importance of bats in keeping down insect populations and refutes some age old negative myths about bats. I love the way this series incorporates early childhood interest and curiosity into the scientist bios.
Sharon Lawler
Follow Bat Conservation International as the gather facts about one of the least studied mammals. Incredible photography and authoritative text. All round excellent resource!
Jennifer Rummel
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this for a lunch bunch book club program at the library - otherwise I'm not sure I would have read it, but it was very interesting.
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Very enlightening, I now want to construct a bat house on our property. I will booktalk this book
for the 5-6th graders next week.
Nov 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juv, z2010
Great pictures and info on a wide variety of bats. Great for any kid interested in the subject, or animals in general.
Scott Hayden
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: beth wyckoff
Recommended to Scott by: Becky B
Shelves: science
Bats are COOL! I knew that before, but I love the way this book brings it home.

Oh, and I'm considering getting a bat house because mosquitoes are not cool.
The Reading Countess
I love bats. My students are sure to find this Scientists in the Field edition just as fascinating as I did.
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow! Who knew bats could be so interesting. I want to put a bat tower in my backyard now to fight off those pesky mosquitoes.
Good format, good pictures, great information. Kids will read it!
Olivia Lullie
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-31-40
This book was about scientists who have studied bats in their environment. Merlin Tuttle, and other scientists study different behaviors of bats, as well as different conditions that they experience. Tuttle's purpose in his research is to work to preserve the creatures through studying their environments, and the threats such as disease and endangerment of the animals.

The author was very knowledgeable on the topic and showed this through providing several interesting and deta
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Mary Kay Carson is an award-winning children’s nonfiction author. She has written more than thirty books for young people about wildlife, space, weather, nature, and history. Her recent non-fiction titles include Emi and the Rhino Scientist, about the Cincinnati Zoo's famous rhino mom; Exploring the Solar System, recipient of the 2009 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Children’s L ...more

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