Top critical review
Very informative, but kids won't ask you to read it over and over again
Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2013
My daughter loves watching The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That cartoon, so I thought it would be nice to supplement it with the books from the The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library, so she can learn more about insects without realizing it! It is very informative, colourful, has all the characters from my daughter's favorite cartoon, plus written as a poem (of course, the rhyme is not of dr. Seuss' quality and sometimes feels forced and awkward). However my biggest complain about this book is that there is no story line. In the cartoon series usually Sally and Nick would come across a problem which Cat in the Hat helps them to resolve by introducing them to some animals/plants/insects, etc. At the end the problem is solved and the kids learned something new about the featured creatures. The book just starts with the Cat in the Cat introducing himself and inviting everybody to look around and find insects.
- he talks about classification of insect (who IS and who is NOT an insect and why)
- three parts of insect's body
- insects' eyes are insects' antennae
- how different insects protect their lives
- little bit about ants (how strong they are)
- a bit more on bees (everybody takes care of the queen, communicate by dancing and collect pollen, which helps more flowers to grow)
- little bit on fleas (animals itch cz of them)
- why flies buzz
- little bit on mosquitoes (only females bite)
- caterpillar into a butterfly
- firefights (they flash, put them into a jar and then let them go- that's it!)
My daughter asked me to read this book once, when it just arrived. After that I would just grab it off the shelf with the requested books and read it towards the end. She wouldn't mind, but would never ask for it herself!