Be an Insect Detective
by Sue Heavenrich
By Steve Voake; illustrated by Charlotte Voake
Candlewick Press 2010, ages 5 – 8
“Right now, all around you, thousands of insects are doing strange and wonderful things,” writes Steve Voake. The problem is, you have to know where to look. Fortunately, this book guides young nature detectives to the best places to find bugs. Hear that scratching sound by the fence? Sneak up and take a peek – it might be a paper wasp scraping at the wood with her jaws. Want to find an ant nest? Follow that ant! Can’t see any insects? It could be they’re hiding in plain sight, camouflaged to blend in with their surroundings. So look closer.
The illustrations provide enough detail to engage readers, yet simple enough to encourage curious naturalists to grab a pencil and sketch the insects they see. Something we should all do: grab a pencil and sketch. Not only is it a great way to document what you see, but drawing something makes you look closer – see more details.
The underlying message in this book is that all kids have to is “…open the door and step outside.” You don’t even need a back yard, either. There’s a lot to discover in sidewalk cracks, roadside edges and vacant lots. Voake adds some practical advice for insect detectives in the last couple pages: directions for making pitfall traps, how to construct a bee condo, and tell-tale signs that wasps have been gnawing on your picnic table.
If you’re looking for some hands-on ideas for your insect detectives, check out Archimedes Notebook.
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