Have fun on this poetic tour through the leaf litter layer and dig into the fascinating facts about the tiny critters who live there.
Nineteen poems in a variety of verse forms with accompanying science notes take readers on a decomposer safari through the "brown food web," from bacteria through tardigrades and on to rove beetle predators with other busy recyclers in-between. Glossary, hands-on investigations, and resources are included in the back matter.
|Publisher:||Peachtree Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Leslie Bulion is the author of several children’s books, including Uncharted Waters, The Trouble With Rules, and Fatuma’s New Cloth, winner of the African Studies Association’s 2002 Children’s Africana Books. She lives in Connecticut.
Designer and illustrator Robert Meganck is a professor of illustration, graphic design, digital imaging, and color theory at Virginia Commonwealth University. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He has received over 300 regional, national, and international awards for illustration and graphic design work, and been recognized for excellence by such organizations as The Society of Illustrators New York and The Society of Illustrators Los Angeles.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you like poetry and life science, this is the book for you! Leaf Litter Critters is an educational and fun book about all the bugs, insects, and other creatures that are in the litter layer, also known as the “brown food web”. There are 19 poems of all different styles that each tell about a different critter in the litter layer. There are free verse poems, limericks, ballads, a Tanka, and more! With each critter and poem comes a science note that gives additional in-depth information about the creature. Some of the words were challenging, but luckily, there is a glossary to help. The book was interesting, but didn’t always hold my attention depending on the complexity of the words used in each poem. Sometimes, I had to keep flipping back and forth between the glossary and the page, a little too often. However, overall, it was a pretty good read. I loved the illustrations! They really helped me see what the creatures look like as I was reading. Robert Meganck’s illustrations were amazing! As an added bonus, there are also several critter projects and investigations listed in the back of the book. These definitely add to the fun and educational value of the book. I think that Bulion’s main purpose was to teach kids about the fascinating litter layer and the critters living in it, through exploring poetry. Before I read this book, I had never heard of the “brown food web” and had only heard of two or three of the critters, like mushrooms and protists! This book taught me a lot. I recommend this book for ages 10-12, because of the reading level and vocabulary. Plus, most 4th-6th grade classes are being taught about poetic styles and life sciences at school. Parents may also read Leaf Litter Critters to younger children, because it is silly and fun, yet educational. Overall, I gave this book a 4 star rating, because I like it. Happy reading! Review by Brooke Z., age 11, Delaware Valley Mensa
If you know a child who loves bugs, or one who enjoys gardening or someone that is interested in composting or decaying debris, then this is the book for them. Full of information about how things decay and breakdown told in a variety of poems in a variety of formats. From bacteria to worms to pillbugs we learn how they adapt and live in the decaying piles and help the environment. The back of the book was full of amazing information. Facts about the different poetry styles (some I was not familiar with), a glossary, experiments and other resources will allow the reader to further investigate. The illustrations are wonderful and add so much to the information. My grandson kept asking about the pictures and wanted to know what they were called, what they were doing and if there were any outside in our back garden. Definitely a winner in his eyes. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via netgalley.