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You’re Invited to a Moth Ball: A Nighttime Insect Celebration

Charlesbridge. Apr. 2020. 40p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781580896863.
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Gr 3-5–Burns and Harasimowicz have assembled a “Moth Ball” with all the instructions, procedures, and suggested resources needed to attract these nocturnal insects for study. Vibrant photography and informative text highlight the event’s fun accessibility. The text and illustrations work together for both visual and verbal learning styles. There is artwork, book study, and preparations for the night-time activity. The participants make nectar by mashing bananas and brown sugar together, and then they paint it on tree trunks and fence posts. A white sheet and a light source are used to attract and collect the moths. The insects arrive; the citizen scientists learn which moths come to the light and which consume the nectar. When the observations are completed, a young girl is depicted alone in her tent studying a book on moths. Overall, the collective presentation is effective. Back matter includes a glossary, resources, and author’s and photographer’s notes. Be sure to check out both of them, especially the photographer’s notes, because Harasimowicz shares how she overcame nighttime challenges.
VERDICT An informative scientific adventure.

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