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Presented as a spoof of the old This Is Your Life TV show, this book features Dahlia the dragonfly with mystery guests, including her mom, who tell about the various stages in the insect's life. Although the text (much of it in thought balloons) and the lively watercolor and ink cartoons are anthropomorphized and quite humorous, the information is well conveyed. The egg-laying process is discussed, but there is no explanation of mating per se. A question-and-answer page contributes additional material. This book is similar in tone to Doreen Cronin's Diary of a Worm (2003) and her other Diary ... books (HarperCollins). Life Cycle , however, gives more information about the featured animal. Children will appreciate the humor, breezy text, and lively illustrations in Miller's book.-Lynda Ritterman, formerly at Atco Elementary School, NJ
Posted July 6, 2008
It is best children's book ever!!! I love it when the Box turtle gets attacked by mosquitoes. I also think it is hilarious when the mommy dragonfly is carried away by the audience after she died!! It is a creative twist on the old game show This Is Your Life!! I learned lots about the life cycle of insects. I loved it! WHOOOHOOOWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.