It snuck up on me, this first glorious day of Spring. Even though the daffodils are pushing their way through the dirt and the crocus are blooming, we still had another couple of inches of snow Monday night. Enough already !
As much as I liked Over and Under the Snow, I must say Not a Buzz to be Found (Insects in Winter) was a firm and I do mean FIRM favorite on our recent trip. I couldn’t possibly count how many times I heard “Mimi, Bzzzzz” which was the Little Darling’s way of telling me it was time to read Not a Buzz to be Found.
Written by Linda Glaser and beautifully illustrated by Jaime Zollars, this book is sure to appeal to children whether they have an interest in science in general, or bugs specifically, or not. Zollars’ illustrations depict not only how each of the twelve insects spend the winter months but also show how children are spending their winter at the same time – playing in a pile of leaves, building a snowman, ice skating. I think that it is so important for children to see this juxtaposition of animal life with their own lives.
At the end of the book, Glaser gives a more in-depth description of each of the insects, but still keeps it simple enough for our young ones. I think this is a super book if you are looking for a gift or just to add to your own collection.