Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Bugs Big & Small God Made Them All by Will Zinke
Written in a graphically appealing style- sharp state of the art, up close photography, bold fonts, and colorful graphics, this informative book is perfect for kids of all ages, even up to high school. This book is not only an authority on all types of bugs, but it is entertaining to read as well.
This book is divided into chapters or sections based on insect categories. For example there is a section on "Bugs In Camo", "Bizarre and Beautiful" and "Jumbo Giants". These amazing creatures are very diverse. The beauty and diversity portrayed in this typical book differs in the usual bug themes of books normally in this genre which often concentrate on the gross and disgusting aspects of bugs. Many scholastic reader books, and popular bug books on the secular market draw in the reader by calling attention to the more loathsome elements of the insect world such as creepy white maggots, or dirty cockroaches. In striking contrast, the author focuses on the beauty and uniqueness of these amazing diverse creatures. For example, theer is a beautiful, shiny golden beetle, known as the Gold Jewel beetle. It looks like solid gold. Who knew such a beautiful beetle existed. there is also a mirrored rainbow bug called the Chrysina beetle. Some of these bugs look like rare gems. Who would ever consider to use the word beautiful and beetle in the same sentence- yet the author shows bugs that are beautiful beyond one's imagintation. The bugs that are adorned in camo are not simply grey are brown. They mimic the beautiful ornate colors of autumn leaves, and beautiful shades of flowers. The author, Will Zinke, dispels the old stereotypes of the insect world, and packages them in a whole new way. This unexpected way of looking at ordinary common bugs has changed my outlook on bugs and is sure to leave impressionable young minds with a lasting taste of God's magnificent wonder.
Included in the back are perforated bug cards that can be torn out of the book. As a blogger for Moms of Master Books I received a copy of this for the purpose of writing this review.