Published by Candlewick
Summary: Four insects are seeking a good home: Bee wants flowers, Ladybug is searching for leaves, Beetle needs dead wood, and Dragonfly is looking for a pond. Each time one thinks it has found the perfect place, humans turn out to have made it less than ideal because of garbage, traffic, or pesticides. Finally, a passing butterfly hears about their dilemma and leads them to a beautiful garden a boy has created. The garden has flowers, leaves, a pond, and even a dead log. All four celebrate on the last page. 32 pages; ages 3-7.
Pros: And just like that, I have a book to read tomorrow to a class of preschoolers starting a gardening unit. Lucy Cousins has created four endearing insect characters with a gentle environmental message that even the youngest readers will grasp.
Cons: It would have been nice to have a little back matter about creating a garden.