Albert Whitman. (Imagine This!). Sept. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780807558218.
K-Gr 2–This vividly illustrated science picture book is full of fascinating facts about dragonflies. Sometimes referred to as naiads, these creatures have been on earth for 300 million years. At one point, their wingspan measured more than two feet across. Today, dragonflies are much smaller; their wingspans range from half an inch to seven and a half inches. The insects begin life in ponds and streams, fighting to survive. As they grow, dragonflies molt (split their skins) up to 17 times before they are ready to emerge from the water and begin their journey on land. Pearson’s illustrations will engage young readers, and Bissonette’s informative text will encourage them to learn more. The story is set in a larger font with additional facts placed in the corners, allowing readers to linger over the pages. End pages include an author’s note and a list of resources to guide further exploration.
VERDICT An excellent resource for students.

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