Butterfly, Flea, Beetle, and Bee: What is an Insect?

Written by Brian P. Cleary
Illustrated by Martin Goneau

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The author of the Words are CATegorical series has done it again.This time he brings us Butterfly, Flea, Beetle, and Bee: What is an Insect? which is part of the new series Animal Groups are CATegorical. The book introduces readers to the world of insects in a clever, rhyme filled, funny manner. The insect names are written in color which makes for easy identification. The colorful illustrations make this book a fun read for any 3nd grade student. The story is zany enough to keep kids engaged and informative enough to provide a learning experience at the same time. The illustration style along with the fun approach to what could otherwise be creepy, off-putting, and gross, makes insects seem interesting and makes a fan out of even the most squeamish third grader.

Children will learn some basic information about insects, be able to differentiate between types of insects and learn about the lifecycles. Suggested classroom activities are insect coloring pages to reinforce what has been learned, making comparison charts, looking at actual pictures of insects, and practicing rhyming.

This book is just right for use in a third grade classroom as a read aloud or as an independent reading activity. Butterfly, Flea, Beetle, and Bee: What is an Insect? is a nice addition to any classroom, school library or reading list.

The author’s website is another very good resource. It is interactive and colorful; kids will love to explore it. There are activities, games, interactive books and teacher resources. http://www.brianpcleary.com/

  • ButterflyTitle: Butterfly, Flea, Beetle, and Bee: What is an Insect?
  • Author: Brian P. Cleary
  • Illustrator: Martin Goneau
  • Publisher: Millbrook Press
  • Reviewer: Alessandra Oliveira
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • ISBN: 978-1-4677-0336-9
  • Genre: Science

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