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. Volume XI Number 13 . . . . March 4, 2005
The author seems to put rhyme before story in this book. The text seems forced and unnatural. Until mid-story (eight bugs), the creatures in the story are referred to as "bugs." At this point, two snails leave the group "to watch some TV." The word "bug," according to Webster's Dictionary, is a general term for insects. Including snails and worms are going to "bug" young readers who know a thing or two about insects. While the spider may work as a bug for some readers, I'm bugged by the fact that the spider illustrated has six legs and is waiting "to give you a scare!"
The illustrations are simple and bright. The bugs all have large yellow oval eyes with round black pupils. While the result is cute-looking, young children might be tempted to count the predominant eyes instead of the bugs. Counting the tightly stacked groupings of the bugs may be difficult for young children. As an early childhood teacher, I prefer counting books like Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1989) where items are counted in a left to right sequence. Spacing the bugs farther apart would help with one to one correspondences when counting.
Despite its cuteness, I'd hesitate to recommend this book. It contains misinformation about "bugs," the rhymes are mundane, and the groupings of bugs may be difficult for young readers to count.
Barb Taylor is an early childhood educator and freelance writer living in Calgary, AB.
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