Date: 7/2/18 12:55 pm
From: Leslie Peacock <lesliepeacock...>
Subject: Re: Cheryl and Norman Lavers' "100 Insects..." book
I have been meaning to post how much I loved the Lavers' insect book. I
read it aloud to Lance over several days and enjoyed it so much! Now I find
myself taking photos of all the insects I see that I can photograph with an
iphone! Everybody needs this book. The writing is great.

On Mon, Jul 2, 2018 at 2:49 PM, Janine Perlman <jpandjf...> wrote:

> This is an overdue post in unreserved praise of a most wonderful book,
> arkansas-and-the-midsouth-portraits-stories.
> The two hours it took me to savor it cover to cover were some of the most
> enjoyable and compelling reading I can recall. For those who haven't yet
> read it, Norman and Cheryl have chosen representative species from nine
> insect orders, and offer "portraits and stories" of each. The portraits
> are photographic and verbal, which, merging with the stories, are riveting
> narratives that variously include habitat, anatomy, life history, habits,
> reproduction, food, behavior, parasites, and defenses against predators---a
> glimpse of each species' niche in the larger ecology that is home to all of
> us.
> Better informed thanks to the book, I'm noticing with new eyes and more
> interest the insects I encounter every day. The species described in "100
> Insects..." are generally representative of many related ones also found in
> Arkansas, and I expect to continue to regularly use the book as a reference.
> The stories are not merely fascinating and brimming with the Laverses'
> quiet passion for their subjects; they are also peppered with sly, gentle,
> often self-effacing humor. The reader ends up with much affection,
> gratitude and admiration, for both the insects and the authors.
> -Janine

*Leslie Peacock*
*Managing Editor*
*Arkansas Times*

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