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Insect Detective: Read and Wonder Paperback – February 28, 2012
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Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 3—"Listen—over by the fence./Can you hear a scratching sound?/A wasp is scraping away at/the post with her strong jaws./She's collecting wood." Thus begins this charming collaboration that gently encourages young readers to explore their natural surroundings and observe some of the more commonly found insects in it. In spare prose, brief facts about a variety of creatures, such as leaf-miner caterpillars, ground beetles, ants, earwigs, and dragonflies, are shared, as are hints on where and how to find them. Large print tells the main story with small print providing further details or interesting facts, giving an opportunity for deeper exploration. Simple but elegant pen and watercolor illustrations show the creatures in their habitats, going about their daily business. Shared aloud or read alone, this child-friendly title is a wonderful introduction to the insect world. Pair it with a wide variety of informational books to garner children's interest and excitement.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA
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Encouraging children to “open the door and step outside,” this large-format picture book talks about insects they may be able to find near their homes. First published in England, it includes one species (the Herald moth) more common there than in North America, though plenty of the others, such as ants, wasps, and dragonflies, are widely known. The conversational text rambles from one topic to another (wasps building nests, ants living together underground and communicating by touching antennae, solitary bees gathering food and caterpillars protecting themselves from predators, etc.), with the main, large-print sentences occasionally accompanied by one or more small-print lines. Although the presentation of information seems unfocused, the encouragement for young children to observe insects is welcome, and the large-scale ink-and-watercolor illustrations are inviting as well as lovely. An appended double-page spread offers suggestions for young insect detectives. Preschool-Grade 1. --Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Once you learn about where and how an insect lives you will be treated to a few interesting facts. Take for example, the leaf-miner caterpillar. When you spot "squiggly lines" on a leaf you will learn that the insect "protects itself by living between the top and bottom layers of leaves." Some insects like the Herald moth camouflage themselves by staying in places where they can easily blend in with their surroundings. In this book you will learn to tell the difference between insects and other creatures, you'll learn about ground beetles, dragonflies, how you can become an "insect detective," and many other fascinating facts about the natural world of insects.
All the young bug lovers out there will be fascinated by the facts they find in this book. One of the most interesting aspects of the book is how it relays to a young person how they can search for and find insects. The book's setup is in an appealing picture book format, a format that will encourage even the most reluctant reader to take a peek. Offset print (much smaller than the regular text) gives additional factual material to browse. For example, when dragonflies are discussed we also learn that "Dragonfly nymphs are the young, wingless versions of adult dragonflies." The artwork is delectably soft and quite appealing. In the back of the book is an index and several fun ways to become a competent "insect detective."