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Bug Meets his Friend Paperback – February 28, 2010
This delightful story is told in creative rhythms, rhymes and strong imagery that entertain and teach lessons through Bug, an adventurous, energetic little car. As Bug tries to get to his final destination, he s met with several challenges. By overcoming each obstacle with determination and courage, Bug soon demonstrates how patience and hard work can truly make all the difference in the world! Boys, girls, young and old alike will enjoy these delightful stories that demonstrate Bug s persistence during his journey and the inspiration that comes from never giving up. --Creatively Canny
About the Author
Author K.M. Groshek is an executive coach, marathon runner, writer and artist. Bug Meets His Friend is the second book in her Bug's Adventure series.
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They discuss it and settle on going to the track. Not only is there snow on the area streets tanks to a recent snowfall, there is now on the track and they will be the first to be on it. Before long, as they gain confidence, they soon are speeding around the track. The hours pass and they have a blast going around again and again.
They spend the day and as the sun sets, turn and head back home having had a very good day. Once at bug's they say their good byes and Cooper heads home. This gives Bug a couple of pages to sum up their day and reflect on the ability to have fun by yourself or with others.
Published by Creatively Cranny, the 40 plus page paperback book tells a charming story and is nicely illustrated. While the word choice may present a little difficulty for beginning readers, the rhyme scheme works well and is not forced. The story flows well in a logical way and the illustrations courtesy of the author are a nice touch. This quick and fun to read book should provide pleasurable reading not just for young readers but the adults working with them. Other titles in the series are Bug Goes To the Store and Bug Goes Through The Maze.
Material supplied by the author in exchange for my objective review.
Kevin R. Tipple ©2011
Upon their arrival they find the track covered with snow! (It is noted that the author is from Wisconsin...wonder why she used snow...go figure). Anyway, they have an absolute blast that day; making fresh tracks in the snow, being careful at first until confidence was built. Of course when you are having fun time flies and the day ends and Bug learns a valuable lesson:
"It's a good thing to know
you can explore on your own,
But, it can also be natural
and double the fun,
to share your delight
with a favorite one."
Now this is a good lesson to us all and can apply to our friends, spouses, children and siblings. The author stresses throughout her text, which is done in a wonderful laidback rhyming mode, that friendship is good and that a shared experience can be an exciting and wonderful thing. Sometimes the simplest things can become the most fun, the most exciting, if shared with a friend. The author also sneaks in the idea that their may be some obstacles in the way (in this case, the snow), but if you approach it correctly, those obstacles can be overcome.
As with all the books in this series, the illustrations are simple and extremely bold. Mrs. Groshek, who is also the talented illustrator has use basic primary colors for the most part which make her characters pop from the page in a very pleasing way. Each picture goes perfectly with the text and one enhances the other perfectly. This, like the others in the series, is an extremely visually attractive book which instantly catches the eye.
The book, is 42 pages long and due to the bold lettering and bold illustrations make it a wonderful book to read to a large group and a wonderful one on one read along for the wee ones.
Friendship is an important factor in all of our lives and children need to learn how important throughout their lives friendships will be. Works such as this and their ilk go a long way in helping this understanding.
I do feel that the target age for this work could be dropped a bit even though there are some vocabulary words that might throw the very young. On the other hand, kids are much brighter than we give them credit for sometimes and the exposure to new words actually does them a world of good.
As with all the books for children I review here, this one has been kid tested (second graders for this one) and it, along with the others in the series was an absolute hit.
I do highly recommend this one. It is a book well worth the read and well worth exposing your child to.
It should be noted that this book, and I understand the other in the series, will soon be available in hardback editions. This is good as this is one of those books that will receive a lot of rereads.
Bug's Trip to the Store
Bug Goes through the Maze (Bug's Adventure Series)