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This is Your Life Cycle Hardcover – July 21, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (July 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618724850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618724857
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 1–4—Presented as a spoof of the old This Is Your Life TV show, this book features Dahlia the dragonfly with mystery guests, including her mom, who tell about the various stages in the insect's life. Although the text (much of it in thought balloons) and the lively watercolor and ink cartoons are anthropomorphized and quite humorous, the information is well conveyed. The egg-laying process is discussed, but there is no explanation of mating per se. A question-and-answer page contributes additional material. This book is similar in tone to Doreen Cronin's Diary of a Worm (2003) and her other Diary… books (HarperCollins). Life Cycle, however, gives more information about the featured animal. Children will appreciate the humor, breezy text, and lively illustrations in Miller's book.—Lynda Ritterman, formerly at Atco Elementary School, NJ
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"The guest on today's edition of the titular insect interview show is Dahlia the Dragonfly, and as host Bob Beetle escorts her down memory lane, nymph Dahlia relives key moments in her development.  She recognizes the offstage voice of her mother and at their happy reunion she learns how Mom laid more than 800 eggs in porous grass blades ("I was so exhausted when I finished, I just sat down and died").  Next up is a more ominous guest, a box turtle that tried to eat her shortly after she broke free of her egg case ("Before I had a chance to gobble you up, you disappeared under a pile of dead leaves").  Just as Dahlia boasts about her ability to jet through the water via a rear-end pump, her "twin" brother shows up bragging about how he beat her to a swarm of mosquito larvae.  Dahlia's now so excited, she breaks right out of her exoskeleton, transforms into an adult dragonfly, and like all good predators and many ill-mannered talk-show guests, turns against the insect audience.  A wealth of information on insect life stages is embedded in this clever romp, and the cartoon-styled characters, dialogue-bubble conversations, and deadpan Bob Beetle patter are a hoot.  A handful of Q&A entries round out the title, offering more nuanced commentary on the giddy presentation.  Although clearly designed for solo reading, this fairly screams to be performed, and the smart money says lots of classroom teachers will be mocking up wing sets in preparation for a goofy reenactment."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
 
 
"Presented as a spoof of the old This Is Your Life TV show, this book features Dahlia the dragonfly with mystery  guests, including her mom, who tell about the various stages in the insect's life.  Although the text (much of it in thought balloons) and the lively watercolor and ink cartoons are anthropomorphized and quite humorous, the information is well conveyed.  The egg-laying process is discussed, but there is no explanation of mating per se.  A question-and-answer page contributes additional material.  This book is similar in tone to Doreen Cronin's Diary of a Worm (2003) and her other Diary . . . books (HarperCollins).  Life Cycle, however, gives more information and lively illustrations in Miller's book."--School Library Journal
 
 

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marc M. Geller on May 21, 2009
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I purchased the book to read to my students. It is an excellent book and went along well with the curriculum of "Structures of Life." We research beetle and crayfish, and the book added a different perspective. I wish there were more books (possibly a series) so I could share more with my students.

The Game Show format was an excellent idea and very entertaining for my students. The bits about her life, and the "guests from her past, was very interesting and informative. I recommend this to all teachers who want to give an exciting perspective to their students!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather Miller on January 26, 2009
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This is a great book to use in the classroom or for entertainment. Factual information goes down easy as the entire book is heavily peppered with hilarious slap-stick humor as well as subtle background chuckles. My students love this book.
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By Labcoat Lorie on August 24, 2012
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This book is hilarious! What a creative, clever, informative and excellently illustrated way to teach about dragonfly metamorphosis. I teach science to K-6 and can really see using this book as a script for the oldest kids to put on skit for the younger kids or the parents. I'm old enough to vaguely remember the TV show "This is Your Life", so can appreciate the humor. I'm wondering how this will play with kids who've never seen the show... might take some explaining. Overall, I'm SO impressed with this book!! Well done, Ms. Miller and Mr. Chesworth. Please do more books like this one!!!
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