PreS-Gr 2- In each of these titles, pages with a single sentence in a large font alternate with good color close-ups of representative species in their natural habitat. The minimal texts describe some of the featured invertebrates' basic physical characteristics and behavior. Short picture glossaries are also included. Although the writing is clear, no details are given on any of the topics introduced; as a result, the books are flawed by oversimplification. For instance, Crawl asserts that "Ladybugs have two wings," but the accompanying photo depicts the insect's forewings as well as the wings used for flying; since neither set of wings is identified, readers are likely to be confused. In the second title, the statement that "Spiders have eight eyes" is misleading. While most spiders do have eight, some species have six, four, two, or even none at all. Also, "Spiders spin webs" is not true of all species. Earthworm states that "Earthworms eat through dirt," but it doesn't explain what they eat-organic material in the soil. While there are few titles on these animals for this age level, the information provided here is too slight to give beginning readers even a basic understanding of these creatures. Judy Allen's Are You a Ladybug? (Kingfisher, 2000) is a better introduction; it describes the insect's life cycle and some characteristics of different species.-Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.