A dragonfly lays her clutch of eggs and the life cycle of dragonflies has begun. Watch as the little nymphs change over time into beautiful adults who can move through the air like an acrobat.
Clearly written text and bright-hued watercolor collage illustrations introduce the life cycle of that zip-a-dipping aerialist, the dragonfly, from newly laid eggs, through months of aquatic life as a nymph, to the final metamorphosis into a glitter-winged creature. Aspects of each stage of life are briefly highlighted in the storylike narrative ("Hello, hungry dragonfly nymph! You jut out your long toothy lip and grab small bugs and fish"). The word "mating" is never used, but an illustration of copulating pondhawks is described as "dragonfly partners sparking new life." Several final pages identify the species in the illustrations, and, in question-and-answer format, present frequently requested information. Simpler than Patrick Merrick's photo-filled Dragonflies (The Child's World, 2006), Glaser's offering is basic, attractive, and easy to read.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Meet the Author
Linda Glaser is the author of many successful nonfiction picture books, mainly on natural history subjects. Her books Spectacular Spiders, Compost!, and Wonderful Worms were all named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association. In addition to teaching and writing, she conducts writing workshops for schoolchildren and for adults.
Mia Posada enjoys combining her love of art with her interest in nature. She is the author and illustrator of four nature picture books: Dandelions: Stars in the Grass; Ladybugs: Red, Fiery, and Bright; Robins: Songbirds of Spring; and Guess What Is Growing Inside this Egg.
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