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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