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J. Don Bloom

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Last Updated on June 7, 2022, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 103

Full marks for an excellent idea. The descriptions of larvae and their transformation into totally different adult forms [in The Magic Change: Metamorphosis] will appeal to the many children who can still find magic in Nature. Three insects, amphibia, sea-squirts, starfish, and eels are used as examples; and the final chapter sums up the value of metamorphosis for survival…. The text, at times, tends to anthropomorphism, but in spite of this the book will be read and enjoyed by very many of the eleven-year-old age-group.

J. Don Bloom, "Seven to Eleven: 'The Magic Change: Metamorphosis'," in The School Librarian, Vol. 20, No. 4, December, 1972, p. 372.

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