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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cheryl Bardoe Narrator: Eliza Foss Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2014 ISBN: 9781490624921
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Simple science text and dramatic illustrations give a close-up view of the fascinating world of the dung beetle.

When an animal lightens its load, dung beetles race to the scene. They battle over, devour, hoard, and lay their eggs in the precious poop.

Dung is food, drink, and fuel for new life—as crucial to these beetles as the beetles are to many habitats, including our own.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “While transforming animals’ waste products into life-giving material, dung beetles perform a vital cleaning service to the environment. This overview of the three types of dung beetles sometimes uses fanciful language, e.g., the ‘dung-pat pie fresh from the oven,’ but rather than distract, it lightens the topic…The lowly dung beetle was exalted in ancient Egypt, and its vital role in nature is beautifully recognized once again.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Bardoe treats what might be considered a disgusting subject with interest and respect…Their activities and struggles are vividly portrayed. Additional factual information is included, plus a glossary and bibliography.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “From rolling smooth balls of dung (and performing acrobatic moves to transport it) to getting into fights to catch the fancy of a mate, these tiny beetles are quite entertaining…The exalted tone of the title and cover illustration of a dung beetle in a triumphant, legs-to-the-heavens stance may seem a bit excessive at first. But no doubt by the end, readers will find it difficult not to join in the adulation. An… excellent read.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • ”Narrator Eliza Foss’ clipped elocution and pleasant timbre dignify the subject of dung beetles. Foss’ interest and animation are evident, but her presentation moves at a speed that might require listeners to rewind and repeat sections, given such an unusual topic. A collection of fascinating facts and a glossary complete the production.”


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About the Author

Cheryl Bardoe is the author of two Orbis Pictus Honor books, Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age and Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas, as well as The Ugly Duckling Dinosaur: A Prehistoric Tale, and others. She lives near Hartford, Connecticut, with her family.

About the Narrator

Eliza Foss is an actress who has appeared in numerous theaters in New York City and around the country. She has narrated over thirty books and short stories, been featured in AudioFile magazine, and won five AudioFile Earphones Awards for her narrations.