by Lily Murray; illus. by Britta Teckentrup
32 pages; ages 6 - 9
Big Picture Press (Candlewick) 2020
theme: bugs, nature, observation
The world is alive with bugs. There are millions of different species. In fact, there are so many that no one knows the exact number.
After explaining what arthropods are, author Lily Murray describes where they live, what they eat, and some of their survival tricks. She highlights honeybees as an example of social insects, and Madagascan sunset moths as a migratory species. There’s a fun spread about bug parents, and one about bugs and people.
What I like about this book: I love the illustrations! Britta Teckentrup is a fine artist with a fine eye for arthropod detail – down to the jointed appendages. I also like the challenges to readers: find the tortoise beetle hiding somewhere in the book; find the wasps raiding the beehive. I like that there is an entire spread about the evolution of arthropods – they’ve been around for ages! And I really like that the last page highlights the importance of bugs in the ecosystem, and what we can do to help protect them.
Beyond the Books:
Go on a Bug Safari. All you need is a camera (for capturing bugs of all types) or a sketchbook. Your mission: find as many different types of arthropods as you can.
Note how many legs they have (they need 6 or more).
Look at their colors and patterns. Do they blend in or stand out?
What sort of place do you find them – in water? in grass? under stones?
How do they move?
Follow a bug. If you find a beetle or a spider – or even a bumble bee – off on a journey, follow along (but not too close). Where do they go? What are they doing?
Listen to the sounds bugs make. Here are some recordings to get you started.
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