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21. Leaping Grasshoppers (No Backbone!
22. Coyote and the Grasshoppers: A
23. Harvest of Grief: Grasshopper
24. How to Know the Grasshoppers,
25. The Grasshopper's Song: An Aesop's
26. Amalia and the Grasshopper
27. Grasshopper Pilot: A Memoir
28. Grasshopper Pie
29. The Ant and the Grasshopper (Aesop's
30. Sourcing Prehistoric Ceramics
31. Thoughts of a Grasshopper: Essays
32. The Mystery of the Phantom Grasshopper
33. Thoughts of a Grasshopper
34. Grasshoppers & Mantids of
35. Other Fields, Other Grasshoppers:
36. Grasshopper Dreaming: Reflections
37. Eat-a-bug Cookbook: 33 ways to
38. The insect book: a popular account
39. Dooger, the Grasshopper Hound,
40. Grasshoppers of Florida (Invertebrates

21. Leaping Grasshoppers (No Backbone! the World of Invertebrates)
by Meish Goldish
Library Binding: 24 Pages (2008-01)
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22. Coyote and the Grasshoppers: A Pomo Legend (Native American Legends)
by Dominic
Paperback: 46 Pages (1998-02-01)
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Asin: 0816745129
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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How can brave Coyote save the people from a drought and a plague of grasshoppers?

The Legends of the World opens readers' minds to the diverse cultures of Native America, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and the Americas through enchanting tales passed down through countless generations.Each book in the series features geographical, historical, and cultural information.Illustrated in full color. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Pomo legend explaining why they like the Coyote
"Coyote and the Grasshoppers: A Pomo Legend," tells the story of what happened when a drought fell upon the land and Clear Lake dried up.The medicine men sang chants and the people danced for rain, but none came.At that same time Coyote was roaming the dry land searching for water to drink, when he saw a large cloud moving across the land that turned out to be a swarming mass of grasshoppers that was eating everything in their path.This would make life even harder for the Pomos, and Coyote could not understand why these terrible things were happening.So he howled and the Great Spirit answered him, telling Coyote to eat his fill of grasshoppers, because if he did that all else will follow."All creatures are on earth for a reason, the Great Spirit tells Coyote, "You will discover the reason for grasshopper if you do as I say."

That is the set up for this Pomo legend, retold by Gloria Dominic and illustrated by Charles Reasoner, and what I like about it is that it makes young readers think about how eating a whole bunch of grasshoppers will put water back in Clear Lake.The Great Spirit has made it clear there is a reason for the horde of grasshoppers, and young readers should have some sort of idea of the cycle of life, even if it is just the opening of "The Lion King."However, I was anticipating something a bit more realistic than what happens because I was thinking that this would be creative way of explaining the basic cycle of life in the desert.Consequently, "Coyote and the Grasshoppers" ends up being more of a mystical tale than a myth that provides a way of explaining why things are the way they are.

As is the case with these Native American Lore & Legend volumes, the back of the book is devoted to providing background on the Native American people from which this particular legend was taken.The Pomo homeland was north of San Francisco Bay, and this section of the book looks at the people, their food and clothing, and how today the Pomo live on small rancherias instead of on large reservations.The section is illustrated with historic photographs of the Pomo along with contemporary photographs of Pomo artifacts, particularly the beautiful ornate Pomo baskets.A Glossary defines a few key terms from "Acorn" to "Tule," while a list of Important Dates begins with Columbus landing in American in 1492 and ends with the 1968 Indian Civil Rights Act giving Native Americans the right to govern themselves on their reservations.

The sections in the back of these volumes are brief, but they do provide an introduction to the culture of the various Native American people whose legends are being retold.Other volumes in the Native American Lore & Legend series include "First Woman and the Strawberry: A Cherokee Legend," "Sunflower's Promise: A Zuni Legend," "Red Hawk and the Sky Sisters: A Shawnee Legend," and "Brave Bear and the Ghosts: A Sioux Legend."All of these are retold by Gloria Dominic and illustrated by Charles Reasoner, but you can also find an earlier series, Native American Legends, which Reasoner also illustrated but retold by Terri Coohlene that takes the same approach in books like "Dancing Drum: A Cherokee Legend" and " Turquoise Boy: A Navajo Legend."

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic legend of getting rid of grasshoppers.
I am a first grade student who just read this book.I loved all thepictures.I liked the picture of the coyote howling to the Great Spirit. The Great Spirit told the coyote how to eat the grasshoppers and help thePomo Indians. My name is Kaitlin and I am learning all about grasshoppers. This book helped me learn some new things. ... Read more

23. Harvest of Grief: Grasshopper Plagues and Public Assistance in Minnesota, 1873-78
by Annette Atkins
Paperback: 157 Pages (2003-11-20)
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Asin: 0873514793
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Atkins eloquently portrays the extreme hardships of Minnesota farmers during the grasshopper plagues of the 1870s. She examines local, state, and national relief efforts, which she reviews in the context of 19th-century social welfare philosophy.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Harvest of Grief
Harvest of Grief, by Annette Atkins chronicles the grasshopper plagues of the 1870s and discusses the hardships faced by the farmers of that decade and the failure of the government to supply them with publicassistance.

I found out about this book doing a search on the Internetafter reading "On The Banks of Plum Creek" by Laura Ingalls Wilder to myson.When Laura and her family moved to Minnesota, their crops weredevestated by the "Rocky Mountain Grasshoppers" that swept over the westernpraries from the years 1873-1878 and caused millions of dollars indamages.

This book (Harvest of Grief) deals with the farmers' plight inMinnesota.

The 1870s were a time of change in America and it'sterritories.Ideals were changing and it wasn't the farmer that was thecornerstone of American society any longer, but money that proved success. With families like the Rockerfellers and the Vanderbilts, the definition of"success" was rapidly changing.

The book tells of the theories behind whythe grasshoppers came and why they suddenly disappeared after 5 years, howfarmers tried desperately to save their farms, often losing them tomortgage companies, and those who begged and borrowed trying to survivealong with their families.

The book also tells of how they tried to getfederal relief from the government and why this was difficult.Hundreds ofpeople were in some cases left homeless with nothing more than a blanketand a sheet, without a bed to sleep in nor a floor to make oneon.

Annette Atkins uses Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family as areference several times in the book, along with others who suffered greatlyduring that time, when being poor and unable to pay your debts was lookedon as a character flaw, the result of laziness and an unwillingness towork.

This was an excellent book and I highly recommend it. ... Read more

24. How to Know the Grasshoppers, Cockroaches, and Their Allies (Pictured-Key Nature Series)
by Jacques R. Helfer
 Hardcover: 353 Pages (1970)

Isbn: 069704825X
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Pictured-Keys for identifying many of the grasshoppers, crickets, katydids, earwigs, termites, cockroaches, praying mantids, rock-crawlers, and walkingsticks occuring in North America, north of Mexico. ... Read more

25. The Grasshopper's Song: An Aesop's Fable Revisited
by Nikki Giovanni
Hardcover: 56 Pages (2008-05-13)
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Asin: 0763630217
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Artfully retold by a renowned poet and illustrated with energy and charm by a Caldecott Medalist, this twist on an Aesop fable is as witty as
it is satisfying.

Every year the Grasshoppers sing and play their instruments and the Ants work in rhythm to the music. The crops come up smoothly, and the Ants bring in the harvest to the Grasshoppers’ beat. But when winter comes, the Ants turn their backs on the Grasshoppers, and Jimmy Grasshopper finds this unfair. He’s hired Robin, Robin, Robin, and Wren to sue Abigail and Nestor Ant for what he deserves — R-E-S-P-E-C-T — and a one-half share of the harvest. But will a jury of his peers agree about the worth of art? ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Re: reviews, bad, bad, bad REVIEWS; EXCELLENT BOOK
When I read the reviews, I wondered how someone as highly respected as Nikki Giovanni could have written such a bad-messaged book, and highly respected as Chris Raschka would have consented to do the illustrations.I, an active children's librarian for the previous 39 years and more to go, both elementary school and public, checked it out of my public library. This play is being put on in my granddaughter's elementary school in which she has a teeny part, and I wanted to see how they could have made such a bad choice.

IT'S A FANTASTIC CHOICE.Artists of all kinds are workers.How can we denigrate musicians, illustrators, authors to say they're not working?What a world would we be in without these artists?As soon as I send this review on, I'm going to order "The Grasshoper's Song" from Amazon to give to my granddaughter after the play is performed.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not really for children
My mother purchased this book for my 4 year old daughter. I'm sure the pictures appealed to her- she obviously didn't read the text of the story. I admit, I flipped through, looked at the pictures, and put it on my daughter's shelf and we were both extremely disappointed when she finally asked me to read it as a bedtime story last night.
Aside from my complaints about the content of the story- the grasshopper is attempting to sue the ants for enjoying the music he played all summer. The language of the book is too adult and dry, and will not engage most children. Sentences like "Motions were filed, and depositions were taken" have no business being in what at first glance appears to be a children's picture book.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Horrifying Tale of Greed and Resentment
I have rarely been so affected by a children's book--that's something, I suppose, but it isn't enough to mitigate the fact that this book stinks on all levels. The only reason I gave it one star is because I couldn't give it less.

The message in this book is simple--if you feel unappreciated, sue the people who don't appreciate you. Never mind that the Ants never ASKED the Grasshopper to play for them. Never mind that he never did ANY of the heavy lifting and harvesting, which would probably be a more valuable service to them and one which they might be willing to pay for. He sang. They enjoyed it, but they didn't attach any *importance* to it, and so they must be punished for "disrespecting" him. Poor Ants...nobody told *them* they had to bow down to the guy playing the fiddle.

I don't know if Ms. Giovanni just had her salary cut, if her last volume of poetry didn't sell, or if she felt like someone stiffed her after she did a reading or what, but her little "fable" is one long, heavy-handed scream of personal rage.

On the technical side, the writing is way above kid level--how many young children understand how to bring a lawsuit?! (And if that's what she's trying to teach them, God help us all.), and the pictures are dark and sort of smeared-looking I like Chris Raschka, but he can do better than this.

All I can say is, I warn everyone who is thinking about even being in the AREA where Ms. Giovanni is doing a book signing or poetry reading to STAY AWAY, lest she sue you for the crime of overhearing her. Nothing is worse than a pissed-off Grashopper with a Johnnie-Cochran lawyer.

2-0 out of 5 stars The Grasshopper's Song by Nikki Giovanni
I have two comments on the story. First, this is not simply an interesting update to an old fable - it's a political statement. The grasshopper is not a shiftless bum, but more like a street entertainer. He uses his talent with the hope that someone will enjoy his work enough to pay him. Times haven't changed that much. Sports figures - who, by the way are also using their talent with the hope that someone will pay them - are overpaid while writers, artists and musicians (teachers, policemen and others) struggle for meager wages. My second comment is that, although this is beautifully illustrated and a well written and clever story, it is not written for second and third grade children.

1-0 out of 5 stars Hey, kids! Let's learn to be a bum!
The other reviewer hit it perfectly: 'Frederick' was much better about dealing with art and society.

Now for my rant. So the grasshopper decides to sue the ants because they were listening to him play while they worked... even though they did not ask him to do so (reminded me of street performers: just because you may be in their presence doesn't mean you have to pay them). They DID tell him that he should be gathering for the winter, because ants, like ALL responsible people, know there's a time to work and a time to play.
As soon as I saw the word "reparations", I knew the outcome... and was not disappointed, unfortunately. The grasshopper gets half of the ants' harvest... and for what? Fooling around, being indigent, being a bum. "I'm gonna play my flute and gets de welfare!" In real life if you were sued for such nonsense would you tolerate the verdict?

Now I'm all for art, being a struggling artist, but I think it'd be ridiculous for me to stand in a museum and charge people to look at my work for x minutes ("Hey, pal, the meter's running!") or sue them because they were in my work's presence.

Argh! This book made me so angry. My wife read it to my daughter, and my little one was smart enough to figure out the ending was b.s.

Aesop's The Ants and the Grasshopper was/is perfectly fine... but I guess it's not p.c. enough for these times. Too bad. The original has a great lesson for real life. ... Read more

26. Amalia and the Grasshopper
by Jerry Tello
 Paperback: Pages (1994)

Asin: B003VTA54I
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27. Grasshopper Pilot: A Memoir
by Julian William Cummings, Gwendolyn Kay Cummings
Hardcover: 92 Pages (2005-08-30)
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Asin: 0873388321
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but there are better out there.
These brave pilots who flew unarmed and vulnerable in fabric covered planes deserve more recognition than they have gotten. This is a good book, just not a GREAT book. For the price, it's a good value, but try to get a copy of Dutch Schultz's 'Janey' or Don Moore's 'Low and Slow' first.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thanks for a perfect transaction.
Another book for my summer reading enjoyment.Perfect transaction.As described, fast, well packaged and reasonable priced.Great communications.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good companion book!
This book is a good companion to "Janey, a Little Airplane in a Big War" by Dutch Shultz.

2-0 out of 5 stars This book is too little, too late.
This book is a collection of writings by Julian Cummings and assembled into a book by his wife as he lay terminally ill in 2002. As such, the book has a number of problems: it's too short to say much; it's erratic in that some chapters have a nice amount of detail and others are just a page or two long; the writing style varies from pretty good to annoying.

Most people seem to be able to write well about their own experiences, whether they are professional authors or not. You can see glimmers of that here, but it's not consistent. These wartime memoirs are best written in the first decade or two after the war. Beyond that the story just doesn't seem fresh, and parts of this book show that symptom.

That said, the subject is an interesting and somewhat neglected one; although there are other books out on these small planes and their pilots they're expensive and hard to find.

If you're at all curious about this aspect of WW2, you'll enjoy reading through this, but I recommend you check it out of a library or find a used copy cheap. I did not find it to be a "keeper".

5-0 out of 5 stars Report of a Little Known Aspect of WW II
The stories of the air war in Europe and Japan have concentrated on the stories of mighty bombers going off to bomb Germany or Japan and of sleek, fast, agile fighters defending Britain or the bombers. Bill Cummings did it differently. He flew a 'Grasshopper' the military version of the Piper Cub - 65 glorious horsepower (finally expanded to a mighty 100 hp).

His story begins with being fascinated with flying as a kid and learning how to fly before WW II started. With 60+ hours of flying time, and an ROTC commission as a second lieutenant he was getting ready to put in for the air corp when a notice came down that all the officers who had sixty hours or more of private flying were to put in for flight training. Suddenly he was a military pilot.

His military career took him to North Africa, Sicily, Italy and finally to the Philippines. Most of the time he flew in one plane, 'Maggie the Faithful,' 485 missions. His story is quite a different one from the usual Army 'I was there' book. He helps to fill a niche in an understudied dimension of the war. ... Read more

28. Grasshopper Pie
by Rebecca Talley
Hardcover: 25 Pages (2003-11-01)
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Asin: 1886249091
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Have you wondered what happens when imaginative siblings start cooking imaginary food? Watch and see as the mother-daughter team of Rebecca and Angela Talley tell the adventures of Logan and Madolyn—two enterprising young children who whip up gastronomical delights for their mother, and then top them off with their pi éce de r ésistance: Grasshopper Pie! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This is a wonderful, fun loving story.The author is down to earth and knows well how to keep it simple so that little minds can understand what's happening and get a real kick out of the story.My five-year-old daughter asks for it again and again.She especially enjoys the part about the mother screaming as a real grasshopper is placed in her mouth.She can't stop laughing.I'd recommend this book to anyone with young children!

5-0 out of 5 stars Delightful Children's Story
This is a terrific book for young readers. The story is straight out of real life-- something most of them could identify with. The illustrations do an excellent job of portraying the action visually.Plus, there's nothing scary or moralizing-- it's just good clean fun.I highly recommend the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars With simple yet charming color drawings
Grasshopper Pie is a humorous picture book by Rebecca and Angela Talley about imagination and the dangers of taking ideas too literally. A mother dreams up and talks about unique dishes such as "grasshopper pie" to her children, yet her young boy and girl decide to surprise her with a "pie" that has not-so-imaginary ingredients! A funny story, nicely illustrated with simple yet charming color drawings, Grasshopper Pie is a welcome addition to school and community library and especially recommended for young readers ages 4 to 6.

5-0 out of 5 stars Delightful!
This story sets my 6 year old into fits of giggles every time we read it together.Fun story, cute illustrations!

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story!
Our whole family just loves this cute story! Our children really enjoy this book very much! They want to read it again and again. The illustrations are extremely well done! We are very impressed with Angela's talent. Having young children we can truly appreciate this true to life story. It is well written and fun to read! ... Read more

29. The Ant and the Grasshopper (Aesop's Fables)
by Graham Percy
Library Binding: 32 Pages (2009-08)
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Asin: 160253201X
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5-0 out of 5 stars The entire series of "Aesop's Fables" as a set is especially recommended for the benefit of young readers
Classic Greek literature that has proved both popular and relevant generation after generation down through the centuries is best exemplified by the collection of stories known as 'Aesop's Fables'. More than being simple entertainments, each anthropomorphic tale carried a special moral that was unique accessible and understanding. Now eight of these timeless tales have been retold by Graham Percy for the delight and edification of children preschool through the third grade. This outstanding series includes "The Ant and the Grasshopper"; "The City Mouse and the Country Mouse"; "The Fox and the Crow"; The Fox and the Stork"; "The Heron and the Fish"; The Lion and the Mouse"; The Mice in Council; and "The Tortoise and the Hare". The individual 32-page titles come with a reinforced library binding, a special section defining the fables and providing cogent explanations of their moral lessons, plus a brief introduction to the author and illustrator. Ideal for both school and community libraries, and although available individually, acquisition of the entire series of "Aesop's Fables" as a set is especially recommended for the benefit of young readers.
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30. Sourcing Prehistoric Ceramics at Chodistaas Pueblo, Arizona: The Circulation of People and Pots in the Grasshopper Region (Anthropological Papers of the University of Arizona)
by María Nieves Zedeño
 Paperback: 150 Pages (1994-08-01)
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Asin: 0816514550
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For decades archaeologists have used pottery to reconstruct the lifeways of ancient populations. It has become increasingly evident, however, that to make inferences about prehistoric economic, social, and political activities through the patterning of ceramic variation, it is necessary to determine the location where the vessels were made. Through detailed analysis of manufacturing technology and design styles as well as the use of modern analytical techniques such as neutron activation analysis, Zedeño here demonstrates a broadly applicable methodology for identifying local and nonlocal ceramics. ... Read more

31. Thoughts of a Grasshopper: Essays and Oddities
by Louise Plummer
Hardcover: 134 Pages (1992-02)
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Asin: 0875795579
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
I began reading this book for an english class at about 3 in the morning and after reading only a few pages I just could not put it down. There were times where I was laughing so hard I had to cover my mouth because I didn't want to wake-up my roomates. Plummer is an amazing writer, her essay's are inspiring, and original.This is a book that I have been recommending to all of my friends.If you like clean humor and wit then this book is for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best FUN books i have read
This was one of the best books on life's little experiences that i have ever read.I really couldn't stop reading the funny and sometimes embarrassing momments of Louis Plummer.She is such a gifted writer. I went out and bought 5 more copies to give as gifts.Louis Plummer makes life come alive and makes everyone to record their little life experiences and by doing so realize the joy we all share in life.I loved it what more can i say. ... Read more

32. The Mystery of the Phantom Grasshopper (Trixie Belden, #18)
by Kathryn Kenny
Paperback: 210 Pages (1977-07)
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Asin: 030721589X
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book Series
This book is part of a series of 39 books and involves a group of teenagers who not only have great times together, but look for ways to help others and always manage to find a mystery along the way!I especially like the values which the characters display.They are wonderful role models for today's youth!These books are a timeless treasure!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great and exciting
This book is one of the best in the Trixie books. I enjoyed reading it and so would you. ... Read more

33. Thoughts of a Grasshopper
by Louise Plummer
 Paperback: 134 Pages (1992)
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34. Grasshoppers & Mantids of the World
by Ken Preston-Mafham
 Hardcover: 192 Pages (1991-01-01)
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Asin: 0756770718
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Grasshoppers, katydids, mantids, crickets, cockroaches & stick insects -- often referred to collectively as the orthopteriods -- include some of the most spectacularly colored insects of the world. The common names for these insects vary greatly around the world & so this book adopts clear simple usage & is written with a minimum of technical jargon. While there is sound, basic information on physiology, classification & life cycle, the main emphasis of the text is upon behavior. The 200+ full color photos were taken in a total of 24 countries. Even the most camouflaged of species were detected the hard way, by painstaking search in the tropical forests. Nothing is posed & the unique glimpses into orthopteriod life make this an important & timely book. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of Grasshoppers and Mantids!
This book is a great introduction to the world of grasshoppers and mantids. It's 8 chapters are as follows: 1) Classification and Physiology, 2) Coutship and Mating, 3) Egg-laying and Development, 4) Food and Feeding, 5) Defence, 6) Where they live, 7) Enemies, 8) Interactions with the Human World. A relatively basic & general book using quality color photographs with a mix of black and white photos of various species to illustrate points throughout the book. Recommended for those with an interestin these insects including hobbyists that raise mantids or grasshoppers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Grasshoppers and Mantids of the World
* Covers the world's grasshoppers, katydids, crickets, cockroaches, mantids and stick insects - the orthopteroids

* Often superbly-coloured and bizarrely-shaped, these insects are spectacular and fascinating

* Includes first-hand original observations plus important data on physiology, classification, life cycles and behavior

* Another title in the highly-successful 'Of The World' series
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35. Other Fields, Other Grasshoppers: Readings in Cultural Anthropology
by L. L. Langness
 Paperback: 252 Pages (1977-02)
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36. Grasshopper Dreaming: Reflections on Killing and Loving
by Jeffrey A. Lockwood
Paperback: 141 Pages (2002-04)
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Grasshopper Dreaming is a collection offirst-person musings about the ethical and philosophical implicationsof the author's work as an entomologist who specializes ingrasshoppers and pest control.Lockwood deftly explores the moralimplications of his work and speculates on about the actualrelationship between "pests" and humanity if we consider all livingcreatures to have value in and of themselves, regardless of theirusefulness or inconvenience for us.The author, self-described as "ahired assassin for agriculture," offers readers a rich account of thesometimes painful, often odd, occasionally funny, and invariablycomplex realizations that come out of balancing a religiousperspective with the practices of modern science and technology.Based on fifteen years of work, the essays in this book represent therare and compelling integration of understanding of nature with theperspective of a world-class ecologist and struggling mystic. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars not what I wanted
I was looking for detailed stories about grasshopper ecology, not someone pontificating on the state of the world. The chapter about finding the lost migratory grasshopper was the best. Grasshoppers have fascinating behavior, and the author might have spent more time showing his love of grasshoppers by sharing some of what he has discovered.

5-0 out of 5 stars Loving them singly, killing them by the billion
He loves the grasshoppers, but he kills the grasshoppers.That, in a nutshell, is the theme of this remarkable collection of essays about "loving and killing."

Several essays stand out.In one, he discusses watching the death throes of the grasshoppers in the field after they have been sprayed by his products.As always, it is the details that strike home - - Lockwood gets upset when a colleague crushes a nymph with his boot just before the spraying would have killed the nymph and millions more.

A second memorable essay concerns Lockwood's family.His father was a nuclear physicist who worked on atomic bombs, and Lockwood reflects on the similarities between their two careers.Lockwood also discusses his efforts to get his children to understand "applied ecology," that is, the science of killing insects.Of course, each child asks a deep and devastating question.

The essay on religion that concludes the book doesn't quite work.Lockwood is writing while still in the middle of his spiritual journey, and his views aren't yet settled enough to commit to writing.I also think that Lockwood's own voice is grounded so deeply in grasshoppers that it's a mistake to write on things too far removed.Elsewhere in the book he asks us to remember the grasshoppers that died for us when we give thanks before a meal.This kind of grasshopper-based religiosity lies at the heart of Lockwood's own genius.

The book begins with a fish that doesn't quite die, and ends with a fish that does.Even though it's a book about grasshoppers, that works.

5-0 out of 5 stars A polished gem
The subject categories on the copyright page, "1. Grasshoppers2. Grasshoppers -- Ecology 3. Insect pests -- Control -- Environmental aspects," may lead to serendipity for some entomologists, but there needs to be more of a clue for the rest of us.This is a book about ecology more than grasshoppers, living in the world more than pest control.The author's deep understanding and experience in killing grasshoppers is what caused and organizes the book, but not what it's about.

It is a thoughtful treatise on our place on this earth, on the reality of the universe and on the irony and paradox (as Lockwood puts it) of the impossibility of victory in the battle between scientific materialism and religious understanding. ... Read more

37. Eat-a-bug Cookbook: 33 ways to cook grasshoppers, ants, water bugs, spiders, centipedes, and their kin
by David George Gordon
Paperback: 128 Pages (1998-06-01)
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Asin: 0898159776
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Gordon, a naturalist and author of the popular "Compleat Cockroach", has researched the practice of eating bugs and presents the results with relish . . . or at least a light cream sauce. Recipes include Really Hoppin' John (grasshoppers add extra kick), Pest-O (common garden weevils in a creamy basil sauce), and Fried Green Hornworm. Full-color photos.Amazon.com Review
David George Gordon, author of The CompleatCockroach, says eating protein-rich bugs is good for you("Crickets are loaded with calcium, and termites are rich in iron),and good for the earth ("Raising cows, pigs, and sheep is a tremendouswaste of the planet's resources, but bug ranching is prettybenign"). After all, what's inherently more disgusting about eating agrasshopper than, say, an oyster? Gordon enthusiastically providesrecipes for terrestrial arthropods gleaned from the entomophagicappetites of people around the world, telling you which insects aremost delicious and which to avoid, how to cook them, and which wine todrink with your many-legged meal. The recipes themselves are clear,easy to follow, and quite educational, with sidebar tidbits about thebugs you're about to eat. Gordon divides the recipes into sections bytype of insect, be it grasshoppers, social insects, or "pantry pests."And, of course, he provides a list of places where you can order youredible insects and tips for catching your own. The Eat a BugCookbook is a sure kitchen conversation piece--even if you nevertry Three Bee Salad or Chocolate Cricket Torte, you'll laugh out loud,squirm uncomfortably, and lick your chops while taking thisdeliciously creepy culinary tour. --Therese Littleton ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great gag gift.
Book arrived in great condition, in a timely manner.Content was humerous, as this was a gag gift was my intention.Will purchase products from distributor in the future!

4-0 out of 5 stars The Culinary Wild Side
The book is fairly small, and the "33" in the title is a bit misleading.It may offer 33 recipes, but it offers way more ideas on basic entomophagy.It figures.This year was lousy for tomato hornworms, and one recipe was "Fried Green Tomato Hornworms".They're sure meaty-looking little guys.I would like to have seen the book contain more on common North American insects, but for its size and price, it's a great starter book for anyone wanting to take a chance on some off-the-beaten-path (at least in Western culture) culinary treats.

2-0 out of 5 stars EAT THEM BEFORE THEY MULTIPLY!!!
OK, I admit it. I don't like insects. And judging by the insect attacks I had to endure as a kid, the feeling's probably mutual. Flies, wasps, beetles...it's real and it's personal. Arachnids? Even worse. The only arthropods I can suffer are butterflies. On a really good day (!), I can also suffer moths.

Since I'm more or less phobic to insects and other creepy bugs (the word "creepy" is redundant when placed immediately before "bug"), I guess I should HATE this book, and VOMIT all over the floor. After all, this is a COOKBOOK about how to EAT bugs.

So am I? Nupe. I say: Three cheers for David George Gordon and his Eat-a-bug Cookbook! Two, three, many Vietnams for the Arthropoda! EAT THEM BEFORE THEY MULTIPLY!

Warning: if you are *really*, clinically afraid of insects, spiders or scorpios, please *don't* buy this book. It contains color photos of locusts, dragonflies, scorpios, waterbugs and centipedes served on a dinner table...

PS. David G. actually doesn't eat the tarantula at the book cover. That's Doris, his pet!

Recommended? Well, if more people would be enthomophages, perhaps the world would be a BETTER PLACE.

Just leave the swallow-tails and hawkmoths alone, willya.


5-0 out of 5 stars The ideal gift
The ideal gift for your mother-in-law

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun and tasty!
While I originally bought this as a gag gift for my wife (no pun intended), once we tried some of the recipes we found that we really enjoyed it. Even our son has taken a liking to the recipes (so far,crickets are his favorite). If you can get past your initial apprehension,you'll really enjoy the recipes. Oddly enough, I've also found that I'm nolonger asked to bring in dishes for our carry-ins at work. ... Read more

38. The insect book: a popular account of the bees, wasps, ants, grasshoppers, flies and other North American insects exclusive of the butterflies, moths and ... life histories, tables and bibliographies
by L O. 1857-1950 Howard
Paperback: 656 Pages (2010-08-02)
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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923.This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process.We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book. ... Read more

39. Dooger, the Grasshopper Hound, Book3, D.J. Dillon Adventure Series
by Lee Roddy
Paperback: 121 Pages (2008-12-19)
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D.J. rescues an abandoned hound pup from a mountain road and with his best friend, the boys set out to train the dog they named Dooger. But he shows no sign of being a trail hound. About all Dooger chases are grasshoppers, which causes a neighbor to call him a grasshopper hound. The insult hurts D.J. and Alfred, who are determined to prove that Dooger is really good for something-but what? Everything they try ends in failure. When D.J.'s little brother runs away just as a forest fire threatens the area, the friends suddenly find themselves racing the fire and the clock to find the little brother. With only a single clue and Dooger's dubious record of trailing, the dog proves that he is really good for something. In the third book, D.J. learns that everything and everyone have gifts which can be used to help others. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great product.Glad to have it..
My step son illustrated this series of books so we were glad to get the entire set for our grandson.Wonderfully done. ... Read more

40. Grasshoppers of Florida (Invertebrates of Florida)
Paperback: 176 Pages (2002-03-01)
list price: US$34.95 -- used & new: US$22.68
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Asin: 0813024269
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good but could be better.
This book is good and there are few, if any, other products that cover this topic in this depth.Still, as an amateur naturalist, I ran across a species that did not appear in the book and I'm only a amateur.It is surprisingly hard to id some species even with the book in hand.Still, I'm glad I bought it and also for this second cc which was a gift for a biologist friend whom I often accompany afield.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic field guide
There wasn't a grasshopper in Florida that I couldn't identify with this field guide in hand!The book includes stunning pictures and detailed information (on preferred habitat, life history, whether the species is common or rare, etc.).I do not have a background in entomology, and I was able to easily follow this guide.I recommend this book to anyone even casually interested in grasshoppers. ... Read more

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