Bats Are Flying!
You may be familiar with vampire bats, but have you ever heard of a bat with a sweet tooth? Follow the Halloween flight of a colony of bats over thickets, ponds, and townships as one little bat searches for the perfect treat. Carmen L. Bright's rhythmic and enchanting narrative combines harmoniously with Jane Cornish Smith's wonderfully dynamic illustrations about Sam the Bat and his flying furry friends, Jack, Billy, and Celia, in their merry chase toward the moonlight. After Sam the Bat awakens from a long day's sleep, he chooses a persimmon treat to satisfy his hunger. However, his snack is interrupted when dusk draws near, and Sam realizes the "bats are flying!" Unfortunately, Sam is still hungry. With a delicate approach to the circle of life, Sam treats himself to an unsuspecting cricket and a befuddled bullfrog, but he still feels hungry. Ultimately, Celia's suggestion leads to Sam's snack solution. The children are out trick-or-treating and are delighted to see the approaching flying bats arrive on Halloween night. It is there, in a cauldron of candy, that Sam the Bat discovers the ultimate treat to satisfy his hunger pangs! This story of Sam and the fanciful flight of the bats will delight children ages 5 to 9 years old, while children, parents, and educators alike will appreciate the sophisticated artwork depicting Sam, his friends, and their nocturnal environment, as well as the presentation of challenging, alliterative vocabulary.
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