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Several years ago, The Nature Museum of the Chicago Academy of Sciences had a wonderful exhibit explaining the feats of insects and arachnids in relation to human endeavors.
In order for children to better understand this relationship, I have written the story, "Are Your Ears On Your Knees?" featuring a grasshopper and a cricket, and their discussions with other insects and a spider. Each one is special in a different way.
After teaching kindergarten for thirty years, I feel youngsters understand math and science concepts more if they're related to their experiences.
I live in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, with my dog, Brillo. I have a daughter, son in-law, and two granddaughters.
My grandson enjoys reading "Are Your Ears On Your Knees" and learning what makes cricket, grasshopper and friends all different. The book not only teaches but also has a good meaning behind it. He loved looking at the beautifully illustrated pictures. Finding the hidden little insect on the pages is a fun game too. When we finish reading the book, we sit and talk about what makes him special.
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