Slugs, Bugs, and Salamanders: Discovering Animals in Your Garden

6 Image of Slugs Bugs and SalamandersBy Sally Kneidel, PhD

Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing (
ISBN: 0-55591-313-X

Review in American Biology Teacher

“This book has much to recommend it…. It abounds with easy to do experiments and hands-on activities…. In addition, the book explains in simple terms the basics of successful gardening.”

Review in School Library Journal

Grade 5-7. This book can be used for its information on growing flowers and vegetables, but the main focus is on the creatures one is likely to find in the garden. Although the author admits to the harm done by aphids, slugs, caterpillars, and hornworms, her intent is not to squash them, but rather to attract other creatures (mantises, salamanders, etc.) who eat the garden pests. In a personal, narrative style, Kneidel describes the anatomy, life cycles, and habits of insects, butterflies, birds, amphibians, worms, and spiders, and then invites readers to watch closely and learn for themselves the habits of animals in relation to garden plants. Black-and-white line drawings appear on almost every page.

Description from the publisher

Slugs and bugs in your garden? You might be pleased to discover the variety of little creatures that can help control these pests. Readers can create simple habitats in the garden for the small predators that wolf down aphids, flies, moths, and caterpillars. For those who prefer something sweeter, the book also describes how to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Sections include starting a garden, information and activities about the pesky plant-eaters, predators of the plant-eaters, and the decomposers. The projects interspersed throughout make this a lively activity book. Ideal for children, parents, and animal- or garden-watchers everywhere.

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