Amara and the Bats by Emma Reynolds

Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Amara and the Bats: Reynolds, Emma, Reynolds, Emma: 9781534469013: Amazon.com:  Books
Amara and the Bats: Reynolds, Emma, Reynolds, Emma: 9781534469013: Amazon.com:  Books

Summary:  Amara has loved bats since one got into her attic and a wildlife rescue team gave her a close look when it came to get it out.  When the family moves, she’s dismayed to learn that there are no bats at the local park.  After reading about other young environmental activists, Amara gets the idea to build bat houses to try to get her favorite animals to return.  She bravely makes a presentation about it at her new school, and is joined by a couple of other kids who also love animals.  It takes a lot of time and patience, but the kids raise money, build the houses, and wait.  Finally, Amara gets a call one night from the park ranger, and when she and her family get to the park, they see that the bats have returned!  Includes facts about bats, echolocation, setting up bat houses, and ways kids can help bats.  48 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  An empowering story of how one kid can make a difference in her community.  Amara stays true to her passion for bats while also dealing with moving and making new friends.  The material at the end could be good for starting some research.

Cons:  Sorry, Amara, I just can’t share your excitement for finding a bat in the attic.

August 26, 2021 at 03:34PM Janet Dawson