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National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Bugs (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books) Hardcover – October 14, 2014
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There are several activity pages with puzzles, matching, etc., which help keep kids engaged.
Overall, studying this book together has fostered my daughter's curiosity and decreased her apprehension of insects so I'm very satisfied with this purchase.
I took one star off because the binding looks weak and I expect that the pages may start to fall off soon, which is disappointing.
Like the other books in this series, they are hard cover books containing over 100 pages. (This one is 128 pages) Although it looks like a preschooler book, it is written in a very professional way (similar topics are organized in 8 different chapters and it has a detailed introduction with information on how to use as well as an index at the end.) It rather looks like first big textbook of bugs. However, being organized in a scientific way does not make it complicated for kids since every information is given with either a photo or a schematic diagram to make it easier to understand. Each bug is allocated a few pages and on every page the ratio of pictures to text is 1:1 or greater. The interesting facts (sizes, number of eggs, behaviour etc.) about that particular bug is given on the first page with an informative picture that is accompanying. Then some more information follows with more pictures which could get the kid into the world of that bug.
At the end of each chapter there is a game which is like matching the picture of larvae and the adult forms etc. What I like most about these books is that there is no minumum or maximum age for them. My 2 years old likes looking at the pictures and my 4 years old is kind of pictures plus games with a sip of information about the bugs, and I at 31 years old can find many things to learn about the bugs we see arround all the time.
The only complaint is the binding quality which does not match the excellence of the paper and image quality. Other books had pages that got loose a few days after purchasing and this shows the signs of the same weakness already.
For those who have not owned any books from this series, I can say this is a good book to start with since it is about the organisms we see in our daily life and younger kids would find it more interesting compared to the book about the space or other abstract things.
I have read it to him approximately ninety jillion times since then. He loves it.
He was unfamiliar with some of the words (saliva, jaws, and shrubs are words he didn't know, off the top of my head), but instead of being confusing, this just helped us expand his vocabulary.
The pictures are beautiful and big. His favorite part is reading about the predators of each bug.
I bought it because he liked to catch fireflies. Now, he's much more interested in insects and other 'bugs'. His kindergarten had a 'Dress as your favorite character from a book and bring the book to share', day, and he brought this book. We made him a roly-poly costume to wear that day.
10/10 - took a mild interest on the part of my kid and helped turn it into a bigger interest. I would definitely buy this book again.
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A really lovely purchase.