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What's make that bustle in the bushes? This energetic collection of poems introduces fifteen amazing insects. Vibrantly illustrated, each humorous verse features a different bug and includes an interesting fact about them. Ages 3-7

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What's make that bustle in the bushes? This energetic collection of poems introduces fifteen amazing insects. Vibrantly illustrated, each humorous verse features a different bug and includes an interesting fact about them. Ages 3-7

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Friendly backyard creatures are the focus of the short, accessible poems in this energetically illustrated book. “I like to feed on tasty plants/ And trees that have gone rotten./ But the weirdest thing about me/ Is these pinchers on my bottom!” announces a cute, purple earwig, seen staring down at a green beetle. Elsewhere, black slugs greet a brightly painted snail as they slide along a flowerpot (“We’re sticky and we’re slimy/ And we don’t have any bones”) and flies buzz around a spider’s web, the spider smiling (genuinely) at them. Though flap copy incorrectly identifies all 15 creatures as insects, Wojtowycz’s color palette is contagiously happy, and Andreae’s breezy rhymes beg to be read aloud. Ages 3–7. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
There's rhythm and rhyme in this collection of short poems covering fifteen different creatures that live in gardens. Read about the slowly slithering snail with its multi-colored shell, the slimy slugs that slip and slide among the plants and rocks, the dazzling dragonflies by the pond, and more. The backyard creatures have comical expressions in the cheery, colorful illustrations that younger children may enjoy. The full page pictures may work well for a group read aloud. Look for the stick insect on the branches and the army of ants walking on the limb and carrying leaves. The endpapers feature a large, white spider web on a blue background. Most of the verses in the poems have a flowing rhythm, and a particular characteristic of the creature is included in each of the poems. They provide a very simple introduction to garden creatures and their physical features. However, older children may wish to explore other resources for further information about these creatures. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Cheerful poetry and perky artwork celebrate creepy crawlies found in backyards. An opening verse establishes the sunny, summer-day setting and refers to the contents; a closing one summarizes the book's theme. Sandwiched between are 15 poems, each of which incorporates a fact or two about a different bug commonly known to children, and for which the verse is named, for example, "Fly," "Beetle," "Spider," "Bee." Other selections are devoted to the snail, slug, worm, earwig, centipede, stick insect, and dragonfly. When read aloud, most of the playful poems flow well, but a few have an awkward line or two. Wojtowycz's illustrations pop with bold colors as smiling bugs fly, crawl, slither, and jump along the large pages. One to two poems appear on each spread. On the final page, a night sky with Moon and stars brings the collection to a restful close. At times, wiggly or slanted lines of text add motion to the verses. Andreae's poems are lighter than those in Douglas Florian's Insectlopedia (Harcourt, 1998) and Barry Louis Polisar's Insect Soup (Rainbow Morning Music, 1999), and they have a narrower focus than David L. Harrison's Bugs: Poems About Creeping Things (Boyds Mills, 2007). The approachable style of Bushes exposes young children to the world of bugs in a nonthreatening way. This picture book would fit well into early-childhood units on insects, and the individual poems could be sprinkled into bug-themed storytimes.—Lynn Vanca, Freelance Librarian, Akron, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Underdeveloped rhymes describe the "minibeasts" that live in a garden. These cheery critters, mostly insects and uniformly smiling, present themselves to readers with a few brief lines apiece. There are the usual suspects (ladybug, butterfly) as well as a few unusual choices (earwig and stick insect). The chatty remarks fail to distinguish one voice from another, though their goodwill is undeniable. "Hello, / I'm the centipede, / how do you do? / I'm as friendly as friendly can be. / Now, which of my hands would you / most like to shake? / I've got at least 30, you see!" The verses' rhymes tend toward the obvious, pairing "tummy" with "yummy," for instance, as the worm describes the joys of devouring mud. Onomatopoeic sound effects complement the rhymes and add an ear-pleasing note, from ants' "pitter-patter" to the caterpillar's "crunch" of a leafy snack. Patterned elements within the illustrations (the snail's kaleidoscopic stripes and the dragonfly's iridescent, lacy wings) bring a little sparkle to this primary-and-pastel landscape. An imposing spider web on the endpapers contrasts refreshingly with the busyness of the interior illustrations. With little specific factual information provided or individual personality developed, there is nothing here to separate one backyard inhabitant from the next. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589251090
  • Publisher: Tiger Tales
  • Publication date: 3/28/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 412,148
  • Lexile: AD820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 12.00 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Highly recommended.

    This is a wonderful book for preschoolers. The illustrations are visually engaging, while the rhyming and lilting text help with the acquisition of language skills. My four year old grandson asked for this book after having it read to him at preschool.

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