Amazing bugs! While bugs have some things in common they can also wildly different. Come and get to know 20 crazy bugs!
Title: Bugs – Get to Know 20 Crazy Bugs
Series: Amazing World
Author: L.J. Tracosas
ISBN: 9780760360354 Language: English
What’s it about?
This is a non-fiction text that focuses on 20 different bugs. It includes details as to their size, diet, range, and then a few other odd and interesting facts about each bug. Each bug gets its own 2-page spread.
As with the Creature Files series this book features bite-sized chunks of information that is easy to read and understand. Along with the information are close-up photographs of the bugs showing fantastic details to support the information.
So this one was just released on June 5th 2018 and I was so excited to read it given that the previous book we got by the author, Creature Files: Sharks, was such a big hit with my son.
Firstly, this book couldn’t be better timed. Just the other day I was on The Bear and the Fox and saw this awesome idea for setting up a snail observation activity. We’re heading into winter here (so lots of worms and snail) and we still have the odd bug or two coming out in between thunderstorms. I had been planning to set up a butterfly, snail, and other bug (depending on what I can catch – maybe a slater or soldier beetle) for my twins to observe for a week at a time. I love that I can now do some preparation work with this book.
Each two page spread is very appealing – particularly for the younger and more visually engaged reader. This book would also be a great choice for disengaged learners. The photographs are very clear and show a lot of detail that you may not even see if observing with a magnifying glass. I am particularly fond of the fact file that appears for each of the bugs – so if you are looking to do some comparison work, graphing in mathematics, or ranges covered in geography then this is an ideal all-in-one book to cater for those learning areas.
Another idea I remember seeing (can’t remember now where) was art activities based on nature’s beauty. It would be great to explore colours, shades, and the meanings behind markings in an art class and then do some stunning work to put up on display.
Really, no way you shouldn’t stock this one for your classroom and home as it is a fantastic introduction to bugs that even young kids (mine are almost 4) can understand.