As the lazy summer days melt into ideas of fall and back-to-school, I thought featuring a book that parents can still use during these last few days of summer, to not only educate, but entertain their wee ones, was a good plan on my part. Thank-you-very-much! Ah...a little self-pat on the back was totally necessary there hehe.
Don't Squash That Bug! The Curious Kid's Guide to Insects, is written by Natalie Rompella, and features a great introduction to all types of cool and creepy bugs. The first few pages include a great explanation of how the color-coded pages are set up, as well as a word list. Each insect is displayed through fabulous photographs, with sections on their specific order, where they live, why they're important, and what types of bugs they might be related to around the world.
Lots of fact boxes, easy to read text done in larger letters, and great explanations of all the different "big words" and meanings make this a really nice choice for beginners. There is a lot of information on each page, which typically I would complain about, as I think cleaner pages are just easier for focusing, however with this age level the amount of "stuff" is great for keeping little eyes hooked on the page.
Grab this book from the library and set your kids off in the backyard or park and see if they can locate some insects from the book. Tips on how to find them are in the last few pages. A fun afternoon activity!
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Don't Squash That Bug! The Curious Kid's Guide to Insects