A Good Place

Candlewick. Apr. 2022. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781536224252.
PreS-K–A quartet of six-legged friends—Bee, Dragonfly, Beetle, and Ladybug—are on an adventure to find a good place to settle. And what should a good place have? For each of the bug buddies that differs: Bee would like flowers, Ladybug needs leaves, Beetle must have dead wood, and Dragonfly yearns for a pond. Every time they think they have found their spot in the busy city, they quickly realize it is too busy or polluted to be safe. As luck would have it, the very discouraged bugs cross paths with a beautiful butterfly who has the inside scoop on a well-kept garden nearby. Cousins conveys a very important lesson on ecosystem preservation nestled within an engaging story for preschoolers. The illustrations of the crawly critters and their escapades, in her bold and energetic style, make this title a welcome addition to the shelves.
VERDICT An accessible tale of conservation told from the perspective of nature’s tiniest creatures, this is spring story time perfection.

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