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The life of a ladybug can be quite mysterious if you don’t look closely enough. But these little beetles lead exciting lives, and The Ladybug (Laurence King, $12.99) uncovers the secrets of their hidden world. Using simple language and brightly colored drawings, Bernadette Gervais describes everything from ladybug anatomy to aspects of the insect’s behavior. Gervais’s illustrations also feature an array of patterns and colors that shatter the misconception that all ladybugs are identical. Young scientists will learn all about insect metamorphosis and build their etymological vocabulary while interacting with this clever lift-the-flap book. Ages 3-7.


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By Bernadette Gervais (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781786270023
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Laurence King Publishing - March 7th, 2017

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Praying mantises may be known for their bulging eyes, triangular heads, and long, leaf-like bodies, but does anyone really know what they do all day? Luckily, a young bug named P. Mantis has shared his personal summer diary to walk us through his routine. Paul Meisel’s acrylic ink illustrations vividly display all of the different environments that a praying mantis must navigate over the course of a summer. My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis (Holiday House, $16.95) is a witty introduction to the praying mantis lifecycle, offering odd and interesting facts about its feeding habits, shedding patterns, and more! Ages 4-8.

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ISBN: 9780823436712
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Holiday House - February 28th, 2017

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In his latest work, author and illustrator Jason Chin not only demonstrates his meticulous research on the Grand Canyon (Roaring Brook, $19.99), but also his inventive use of the page. Chin augments the simple narrative of a father and daughter’s hike through the canyon by illustrating the biodiversity and complexity of the majestic park through visual layers, with landscape paintings, diagrams, and topographical maps overlapping each other. Camouflaged die cuts invite readers to peek into the geological history of the park’s varied terrain, and even the page margins form a directory of plants and animals found throughout the Canyon. While unearthing fossil footprints, ancient rock deposits, and ecological communities, Chin’s characters are transported back in time to observe the breathtaking evolution of “the grandest canyon on Earth.” Ages 8-12.


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ISBN: 9781596439504
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 21st, 2017