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December 19, 2010

Mosquito Bite

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Mosquito Bite by Alexandra Siy: Book Cover

Mosquito Bite

Author: Alexandra Siy and Dennis Kunkel

Page Length: 30

Reading Level: 6

Genre: Non-Fiction

PLOT SUMMARY: Did you know that a female mosquito (Culex) pushes her mouth containing a “bundle of long tubes and cutters” inside the skin of the person she is feasting on? This book tells the story of how a mosquito lives, grows, and even reproduces. Pictures taken by a SEM (scanning electron microscope) detail each phase of growth, Culex body parts, and human skin magnified to examine tiny details. Read to find out how for long a mosquito lives, which ones need blood to survive, and how they go about finding it.

REVIEW: This book seamlessly blends scientific fact with a story. The SEM magnified photos are fantastic and should capture the interest of readers. This non-fiction look at mosquitoes, how they grow, what they’re made of, and even how they locate food is fascinating. This book would make for great supplemental reading to a science lesson on mosquitoes.

AREAS FOR TEACHING: Stages of growth (Thinking Map – Flow Map), illustrated scientific concepts, examining part to whole relationships (Thinking Map – Brace map), cause and effect, making predictions

TOUCHY AREAS-PAGES: none

RELATED BOOKS: Blood Suckers!: Deadly Mosquito Bites, Tell Me Why Mosquitoes Bite, Sneeze, Footprints on the Moon

RELATED MOVIES: Documentary – “The Mosquito Problem”, “Malaria: Fever Road”

RELATED WEBSITES:

http://www.alexanrdasiy.com

http://animals.howstuffworks.com/insects/mosquito.htm

http://www.mosquitohelp.net/

http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/library/mosquito-bites/DS01075.html

REVIEWED BY: Dayna Taylor

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