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Children's LiteratureEllis recounts childhood adventures that he experienced with his father on fishing trips. He weaves these adventures together into one pivotal excursion where he encounters mosquitoes, dragonflies, frogs, and fish. On this same experience, he witnesses the "web of life" and ecosystem of a pond. Because of the many scientific facts, this would be a beneficial tool during a science lesson. Positive elements of this book include the scientific information woven into the story; the portrayal of a healthy, loving relationship between a boy and his father; the visually appealing illustrations; and the last section of the book, "A Day on Dragonfly Pond," explaining further scientific information about plants, insects, amphibians, and fish. Trying to jam pack as much information as possible into this story, Ellis occasionally seems to branch off topic; ultimately, he brings most of the information together in the end for a satisfying conclusion. Overall, the story portion of the book is more suited to children ages 6 to 9, and the reference section, "A Day on Dragonfly Pond" (the last two pages of the book), is more suitable for 10 to 12 year olds. 2006, Dawn Publications, and Ages 6 to 12.
—Jamaica Johnson Conner