Published by Millbrook Press
Summary: Readers learn about insects’ body parts as a young artist works on creating one. First comes the head, followed by the thorax and the abdomen. Decisions are made about a skeleton, legs, and wings. Then the senses are considered: eyes, ears, a mouth, and antennae. Decorations like hair and horns are the final touch before the insect is given a place to live and a snack, at which point the artist declares the work done. Includes a two-page labeled illustration of an insect, a glossary, and instructions for building an insect model. 32 pages; grades K-4.
Pros: An engaging way to learn about insects, with large, colorful illustrations and text that reads like a conversation between the narrator and the artist. A perfect example of blending art and science.
Cons: Kind of an anti-climactic ending.
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