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I'm a Pill Bug (Nature: a Child's Eye View) Paperback – March 1, 2006

4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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*Starred Review* PreS-Gr. 2. Many children know pill bugs as roly-polies and think of them as insects. In this picture book, a pill bug narrates a fascinating account of life among his humble yet admirable fellow crustaceans. In an easy-to-follow, conversational style, he explains what pill bugs eat and excrete, why they live near people, how they protect themselves against predators, why they shed and then eat their shells ("Yum! Very nutritious"), how they reproduce, and more. The final pages describe how to find pill bugs, touch them, and even keep one indoors as a guest before putting it back, since "He'll want to be with his family during the cold winter!" The lucid, matter-of-fact text answers the main questions children may have about the critters as well as some they might not have thought to ask. Meanwhile, handsome cut-paper collages re-create the pill bugs' world in realistic yet simplified terms. One series of pictures shows what happens when a pill bug encounters an ant, allowing even nonreaders to "read" what happens: the pill bug curls into a hard ball to ward off the ant's attack. Like others in the Nature: A Child's Eye View series, this excellent science picture book was originally published in Japan. Carolyn Phelan
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Told in first person from the pill bug's point of view, this delightful yet simple story takes the reader through the life and adventures of a pill bug…A great story that will have kids thinking about "roly-poly's
in a whole new way! --- Kids Bookshelf

The lucid, matter-of-fact text answers the main questions children may have about the critters as well as some they might not have thought to ask. Meanwhile, handsome cut-paper collages re-create the pill bugs' world in realistic yet simplified terms. --- Booklist

Dark gray and thumb-sized or smaller on the page, the pill bugs in Takahashi's torn-paper collages present an air of lowly harmlessness in keeping with the closing invitation to keep a few (for a while) in a modest terrarium for closer study. Nourishing fare for young naturalists-in-the-bud. --- Kirkus Reviews
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Series: Nature: a Child's Eye View
  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Pub (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929132956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929132959
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,015,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Barbara M. Taylor-laino on July 29, 2008
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This is a fantastic book- the illustrations are wonderful and it is written in a fun yet informative (not dumbed-down) style.
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The beautiful illustrations and touching story which is told in first person, or should I say "first pill bug" make this a outstanding story. Great book to use in a classroom.
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This book has been a good accompaniment to my preschool classroom bug habitat. It tells the story of the life of a pill bug in a clear and fun way that my students enjoy very much.
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My almost 4-yr-old son and I very much enjoy this book we are borrowing from the library. It reads smoothly, which I find to be rare for translations. The "first person" style is charming and my son asks, "which one is talking to us?" I love the torn-paper look of the artwork. The end of the book explains how to keep pill bugs as pets. We now have a plastic bug box full of pill bugs including teeny tiny cute babies.
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My four year old daughter is in love with pill bugs and collects them daily from our garden and watches them in her bug box. Her pre-school teacher read this book to them and she loved it so much, we decided to get our own copy. It is out of print, so a used book was our best option. The seller was very reasonable in price, and we got the book shipped so quickly, it was amazing. The book itself is wonderful if you have a kid who likes nature and bugs. Definitely recommend both the seller and the book!
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I have a soft spot for these little crustaceans, having collected and studied them as a child. This book is written in cheerful, simple prose accompanied by pleasing, accurate illustrations. The conversational question-and-answer format gives the book a playful feel that my preschoolers like. They request it. So the book succeeds in being instructive (even I learned several new facts about pill bugs!) but not at all boring. I think young readers will enjoy this book as well as preschoolers. And likely will increase their awareness of and respect for these creatures.
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