This look at how insects survive the cold may have young naturalists scouring the winter landscape to find them for themselves.
From those who migrate or hibernate to ones that hide or are still eggs, Glaser has assembled a wide variety of 12 of the more common insects, including ants, ladybugs, dragonflies, honeybees, monarchs, praying mantises and black swallowtail butterflies. Short verses present readers with how each gets through the winter, but a lack of rhythm and inconsistent rhymes make reading aloud a challenge: “If you were a gallfly in winter, / you’d still be a baby living in a gall. / You’d chew a little opening to get out in the spring. / But all winter you’d stay in that small round ball.” Backmatter provides a paragraph more of information on each of the 12. Gorgeous full-bleed illustrations filled with color and detail depict the insects in winter. Some need close inspection or pre-existing knowledge of what the insect looks like, as they can be hard to spot, and backmatter only pictures the adult. Many pages also include people, either observing the insects or going about wintertime amusements.
A great overview—for more specifics about each insect, check out Judy Allen’s Backyard Books series. (Nonfiction. 5-9)