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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Smithsonian Eyewitness Explorer: BUG Hunter, by David Burnie. DK Canada, 2015. $10.99 ages 5 and up

"Insects are some of the finest builders in the animal world. Unlike human builders, they do not have to learn to carry out their work. Instead, their instincts tell them what plan to follow, and what materials to use. Bees often make their nests from wax, but other insects use wood fibers, leaves, or clay. If you look carefully, you may be able to spot insects ... "

Ah, I love telling you about the amazing books that come to us from DK Canada!

While the world of bugs definitely slows to a 'crawl' here on the Canadian prairies in the fall and winter, it's always a good time to learn about the little 'critters' - especially for those bug-loving kids on your Christmas (gasp!) list, or that fascinated student in your classroom.

As with ALL of the books that I  see in the Eyewitness Explorer series, Bug Hunter has a myriad of things that make it immensely appealing. It's filled with activities that will encourage exploration and learning. Kids will get their eyes beaming in, and their hands dirty as they embark on the listed activities, their methods and their results. The photographs are colorful and clear. The text is accessible for many children.

Kids always want to learn more. Here, they have the opportunity to understand how to observe with a scientific eye and to find out about those things that hold high interest for them. They are immediately introduced to the 'world of bugs' with clear photographs, conversational captions, and helpful labels.

"Real bugs are always insects. There are more than a million different kinds of insects, which makes them the most numerous animals on Earth. Unlike other creepy-crawlies, insects' bodies are divided into three parts - head, thorax, and abdomen. They have six legs, and most insects have wings. For insects, being able to fly is a huge plus. It is one of the reasons they are so widespread."

Some suggestions for activities to help acquaint children with increased learning about bugs include
a bug collecting kit, making a butterfly net, fashioning a butterfly bar to attract those beautiful creatures, raising caterpillars, making a moth, and so much more ...

There is much to admire about their adaptations, their work ethic and their many skills. An essential equipment list is provided and bug habitats explored,, including drawers and cupboards, kitchens, basements and bathrooms. YECH!!!

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