Little Snail’s Book of Bugs

Thames & Hudson. Apr. 2024. 24p. Board. $9.99 ISBN 9780500653456.
Toddler-K–In paintings with the look of fine watercolors or old farming seed packets, but far more dynamic, Little Snail wants to explore. He simply glides away, giving lie to the idea that snails are slow—this seems like a quick escape. He spies the ladybugs fluttering over the flowers, the honey bees buzzing around the honeycombs, and checks out the flies at a picnic, getting sticky, before finding the ants on the march. Centipedes, crickets, spiders and more—this is a true tour of bugs, done so beautifully that there is no ick factor, just full appreciation for all the work that goes on in the garden.
VERDICT A glorious way to introduce young children to bugs; the renderings are realistic enough to teach and the facts about each group are solid.

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