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Insects and Spiders

This vibrantly illustrated book takes us on a counting and rhyming adventure in the garden. From a bug’s eye view, we learn allitera-tion and action verbs as we buzz with the bees, slither with the snails, and glow with the fireflies. In the back, there is a section of fun and educational facts about each insect.

This simple book for early readers follows the life cycle of a butterfly.

Count by twos and learn the names of butterflies living across the world!

A young girl and her grandpa create a butterfly house, and together watch the small larva grow into a beautiful Painted Lady.

Clara is a cute and carefree common cabbage caterpillar who becomes a courageous and completely contented butterfly. Kids love the language and characters in this great garden adventure.

A lift-the-flap book that will keep young readers guessing about the insect that is featured on each page.

Du iz tak? What is that? As a tiny shoot unfurls, two damselflies peer at it in wonder. When the plant grows taller and sprouts leaves, some young beetles arrive to gander, and soon—with the help of a pill bug named Icky—they wrangle a ladder and build a tree fort. But this is the wild world, after all, and something horrible is waiting to swoop down—booby voobeck!—only to be carried off in turn. Su! With exquisitely detailed illustrations and tragicomic flair, Carson Ellis invites readers to imagine the dramatic possibilities to be found in even the humblest backyard. Su!

Follow a caterpillar’s life cycle alongside these interested and excited school children.