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insectlopedia Hardcover – March 1, 1998
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Well-loved for his clever wordplay (complete with endearingly shameless visual and verbal puns), Florian manages to seamlessly blend science with pure whimsy. Take "The Praying Mantis," for example: "Upon a twig/I sit and pray/For something big/To wend my way;/A caterpillar,/Moth,/or bee--/I swallow them/Religiously." His rhythmic chant "The Weevils" begins, "We are weevils./We are evil./We've aggrieved/Since time primeval." Add a few inchworms, moths, and whirligig beetles, and you have the blisteringly funny, stingingly clever Insectlopedia, the perfect book for emerging entomologists and budding poets alike. (All ages)
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Top Customer Reviews
I began reading this when my first son was 2 years old and he loved the poems then and he loves them now. Neither of my children are otherwise very interested in reading about insects but this book captures their interest and they laugh hysterically at some of these poems. After reading these they have found some of the more unusual insects such as the walking stick outdoors and called it to my attention. We've owned the book for 3 years, every once in a while my now-5 year old will find it and get excitedly proclaim "we haven't read this in a long time" and begs me to read it again (and again and again).
Some of the insects featured are the inchworm, tick, walking stick, praying mantis, monarch butterfly, daddy long legs spider and army ants.
The poems are so much fun I don't mind reading the entire book two or three times in a row. A fun book to read to young children. This is good reading for just plain fun or to introduce poetry or to enhance learning about insects and nature.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book! My girls love it and it is fun way to envision and learn about insects! Highly recommend it!Published 18 months ago by EERA
If I could have given this book more than 5 stars I would have done so! We're starting a unit on poetry in my Second Grade class and I bought this book on a whim. Read morePublished on April 10, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Doug Florian is a great poet for kids. All of these poems are about insects. My kids love the pictures.Published on December 5, 2013 by Gabriel D Seiden
Douglas Florian is awesome for poetry that kids 'get'. They are fun to read. Fun to look at.
I recommend all of his poetry books.
I use this book to explore word play/poetry during our study of insects. Kids love it and stimulates their imaginations for their own insect poetry.Published on June 5, 2013 by Lynn
I thought I was getting an insect encyclopedia, but it was actually a paperback book of poems about insects. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013
My five year old granddaughter thoroughly enjoys this book.
She is fascinated by the world of insects. Read more