So much more than a book about bugs, this amazing book is an adventure
with bugs! Readers are encouraged to get up close and personal
with bugs with activities and experiments. As they explore the
world around them, readers observe and identify some fascinating
features of these incredible creatures!
Readers are given 6 suggestions for catching bugs, 4 ideas for
keeping bugs as pets, and 5 basic approaches to observing bugs.
All of these are shared with stunning artwork and easy-to-follow
instructions. I would feel completely comfortable turning a third
grader loose with this book. While easy, it is also informative
and is equally fascinating for even my eighth-grade student. After
these basics are introduced, readers learn about the basic shape
of bugs and the ways they grow and about their camouflaged disguises.
And then the real fun begins! Once all of the introductory information
is covered, students begin exploring specific insects and bugs.
Students read about dragonflies, grasshoppers, crickets, praying
mantises, cicadas, leafhoppers and spittlebugs, ladybugs and aphids,
fireflies, click beetles, whirligig beetles, caterpillars, butterflies
and moths, ants, fruit flies, daddy longlegs, millipedes, pill
bugs, and spiders. No, they are not all technically bugs, but the
author explains this at the very beginning so that readers do not
walk away misinformed. Readers discover where and when to look
for these bugs; they investigate each kind of bug with activities
and observations and learn interesting bug trivia along the way.
I am very impressed with this book. It makes an incredible unit
study and is jam-packed with educational helps, such as a chart,
a glossary, field note forms, and an extensive resource list. The
book encourages a love of science and never dumbs-down the material.
I love that it expands a child's vocabulary without being overwhelming.
Class and Order are given for each bug studied right alongside
bug jokes and interesting tidbits. This hardback book with thick,
glossy pages is written by an author who loves her bugs and invites
readers to fall in love as well.