Bugs and Insects, Music

Señorita Mariposa By Ben Gundersheimer

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Senorita Mariposa

Back of Book:

Rhyming text and lively illustrations showcase the epic trip taken by the monarch butterflies. At the end of each summer, these international travelers leave Canada to fly south to Mexico for the winter–and now readers can come along for the ride! Over mountains capped with snow, to the deserts down below. Children will be delighted to share in the fascinating journey of the monarchs and be introduced to the people and places they pass before they finally arrive in the forests that their ancestors called home.

My Review:

I received a copy of this book from Nancy Paulsen Books in exchange for an honest review.

I have always loved watching Monarch Butterflies as they migrate through my town. I was so pleased to see such a beautiful story written about their journey.  Mr. G did an excellent job rhyming both the English and the Spanish translations of this book. The story is well told and easy for readers to follow along with. The illustrations by Marcos Almada Rivera are nothing short of stunning.  I instantly fell in love with Senorita Mariposa and her journey. The back of the book has more information on Monarch butterflies that includes how we can help protect them.  A must-have for any bilingual preschool and elementary classroom.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

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Bugs and Insects, Science

Moth by Isabel Thomas

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Back of Book:
Powerful and visually spectacular, Moth is the remarkable evolution story that captures the struggle of animal survival against the background of an evolving human world.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Bloomsbury Press in exchange for an honest review.
I was absolutely captivated by this stunning lyrical story that opens readers eyes to the evolution of Moths. The story follows the Peppered Moth and the Black Moth as they live and adapt to their environments. Readers see how pollution change allowed the Peppered Moths to slowly disappear.
The text beautifully introduces readers to the concept of Natural Selection in a way that is not heavy or dry. Instead, they recognize how they can better protect their environment.
The illustrations are a perfect blend of bright colors and dark shadows. Daniel Egneus creatively portrayed the moths within their natural habitat
This is a must have for any biology or insect study.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

Bugs and Insects

The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall

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Back of Book:
With zooming, vibrant verse by Kirsten Hall and buzzy, beautiful illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault, this celebration of the critically important honeybee is a honey-sweet treasure of a picture book.
My Review:
I love finding engaging and informational nonfiction picture books that I can share with my students. The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall is a fantastic look at the life and job of a honeybee. The rhyming scheme allows readers to follow along and enjoy the story. I loved that the book follows the bee through all the seasons. It shows readers the many aspects of bees work through each season. The book also captures the beauty and mystery of the dance that bees do to draw others to the nectar. The illustrations are soft and whimsical. The back of the book has a wonderful note from the author as well as several facts about bees. I think this is should be in every elementary library and classroom.
Ages 5 and up
48 Pages

Bugs and Insects

The World Never Sleeps By Natalie Rompella

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Back of Book:
This nonfiction picture book reveals the hidden lives of insects and other small creatures from one midnight to the next. The world may appear to be sleeping in the dead of night, but it is not. As moonflowers open and stars shine, nature goes about her business. The world never sleeps.
My Review:
I was so excited to win a copy of this book from author Natalie Rompella. It is an up close look at the world of insects, that roam in the nighttime hours. Each page describes to readers how the insect survives during the evening. The text is beautifully written and shows readers a world that happens while they are sleeping. The illustrations are vivid and detailed. Readers can clearly see all the tiny details on each insect. I love that the orange cat is a focal point on every page. It draws readers in to look and see what the cat sees. The back of the book has a list of all the bugs and insects listed within the story which makes it a perfect nonfiction text to use in any bug related unit. I am looking forward to sharing this book with my students this year.
Ages 5 and up
36 Pages

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