GOOD TRICK, WALKING STICK by Sheri Mabry Bestor

GOOD TRICK, WALKING STICK

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Age Range: 4 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Stick insects have tricks that make them highly successful creatures.

Designed for reading aloud, Bestor’s two-level text provides an overview of a walking stick’s life. A simple, circular narrative begins in winter, with eggs hidden under the snow, and goes through spring hatching, a summer of community leaf-eating and predator evasion, and autumn egg laying (with or without fertilization); it ends with winter and spring again. Onomatopoeic phrases such as "Munch. Munch," "Drop, plop. Drop," and the titular refrain are printed in extra-large display type. Child readers are sometimes addressed directly in smaller-print paragraphs on each spread. These describe more complex events and use more specific language than the primary text: the way ants hide the eggs, mistaking them for seeds; the exoskeletons these insects shed (molt) as they grow; feet designed for climbing; and defense mechanisms, including camouflage, quaking, autotomy—the loss and replacement of an appendage—and even parthenogenesis. Though walking sticks are sold as exotic pets, the author helpfully suggests admiring them in the natural world instead. The stylish, probably computer-generated art resembles work done with cut paper; stylized images of the insects, the branches, leaves, berries, and flowers around them, and the ground below are set on a white background for each spread. Elements from these images make up the endpapers.

A nice addition to the nature shelf. (Informational picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-58536-943-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2016




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