Children's LiteratureFor very young readers, curious about the world of insects, this is an outstanding offering. It provides a glimpse into the fascinating life of a variety of insects while describing characteristics common to most of them. Simple text on the crisp white left-hand page is complemented by a detailed, lush painting of insects in their natural environment on the right. Each plate is numbered and the insect identified. The afterword gives a more detailed explanation of the insect, its habitat, and life style. The information is accurate and the composition balanced but the highlight is the handsome artwork of wildlife illustrator John Sill. 2000, Peachtree Publishers, Ages 4 to 9, $14.95. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
This book simply outlines the six basic characteristics all insects have in common, while realistic illustrations beautifully portray their diversity. Additional information is included for each of the insects included in the illustrations. 2000, Peachtree Publishers, Ltd., $14.95. Ages 3 to 10. Reviewer: S. Kleven SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
School Library JournalGr 1-3-This title offers separate, full-page watercolor paintings of 18 different kinds of insects in their natural habitats. Insects depicted include: silverfish, giant walkingstick, black horse fly, elephant stag beetle, gladiator katydid, honey bee, and luna moth. A single line of large, bold-print text appears on the page opposite each illustration; on the bottom right-hand corner, a caption provides the common name of the species depicted. Each simple sentence or fragment describes either a general characteristic shared by all insects, or a special characteristic of a particular group. Additional bits of general information about insects as well as miscellaneous facts about the featured species are appended. As in About Birds (1991), About Mammals (1997), and About Reptiles (1999, all Peachtree), the realistic watercolor paintings are this book's main focus. They are bright, attractive, and nicely varied in composition. However, despite their visual appeal, the artwork sometimes fails to illustrate the text effectively. For example, the painting of mantis nymphs emerging from an egg case does not match the text, which reads, "Young insects hatch from eggs." As no eggs are visible, this statement is apt to be confusing. Sandra Markle's Creepy, Crawly Baby Bugs (Walker, 1996) provides more detailed information on insect anatomy, reproduction, and behavior and is illustrated with excellent, close-up color photographs.-Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Suzie DavisBeautifully illustrated images of insects in their natural habitat are presented within the pages of this delightful book for emerging readers! About Insects provides a basic overview of the characteristics of insects, including the parts of their body, how they are born, what they eat, where they live, how they travel, and how useful or destructive they are to the environment. Even though the publisher specifies this book is for readers aged 3 to 7, the author provides detailed descriptions of each illustration in the “Afterward” that renders this book appropriate for older children through middle school. Also included is a glossary of some of the scientific terms used throughout and a list of books and websites for children to learn more about insects in general. About Insects: A Guide for Children is part of the “About…” series, written and illustrated by Cathryn and John Sill, respectively, from Peachtree Publishing Company. Reviewer: Suzie Davis; Ages 3 to 7.
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“About Insects: A Guide for Children” by Cathryn Sill. This book is one of a series of books that Cathryn Sill has done. I love them because of the simple informative text and the captivating illustrations by John Sill. These books are loved by primary children for the life like depiction in the illustrations. The illustrator clearly pictures the insects in life like situations that are captivating for all to look at. I also believe these books can be helpful to middle grade students for the information contained. I especially like the section in the back of the book that gives more detailed information and which could be used by parents when discussing the book or by older readers doing research on this topic. These books are a great addition to any library. (reviewed by Claudette Delorge, Librarian) DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of About Insects: A Guide for Children was provided by Peachtree Publishers in exchange for our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer.