Most Eyewitness Books begin with a definition or perspective on the subject of the specific book. This one, an introduction to insects, begins with a discussion of "The parts of an insect." The discussion (Pages 6-7) proceeds from wing to internal anatomy to thorax to antennae, with all manner of tidbits in between. This reminds me of why I'm not dons of insects!
The next subject is the distinction between "What is an insect?" and "These are not insects." The answer to the former question begins with a simple statement that (Page 8) "Insects are the most successful creatures in the whole of the animal kingdom." Kind of puts us mammals in our place. . . . Insects are defined as arthropods (having "a hard, protective exoskeleton") with six legs. Most, too, have wings. How many insects are there? Maybe more than 1,000,000 (million) species are already known. Not insects? Scorpions, prawns, tarantulas, centipedes, earthworms, and wood lice.
Enough for introductions. What does the rest of this volume, again written for the 8-12 year old young reader, address? There is discussion of the first insects (emerging 300,000,000 years ago), an insect's senses, feeding, and metamorphosis. There is also discussion of some of the main types of insects, such as butterflies and moths, beetles, flies, wasps and their kin, and so on.
The book concludes with some perspective, including contributions that insects make.
All in all, a very satisfying entry into the Eyewitness Books series. Young readers with any interest in insects will find this an attractive volume.