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Author: Aston, Dianna Hutts
Illustrator: Long, Sylvia
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Year Published: 2016
ISBN: 9781452127125
Grades: Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6

A Beetle is Shy

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The author/illustrator duo who have published other books together have created a book solely about beetles.  Keeping in the style found in their other books (A Rock is Lively, A Nest is Noisy, A Butterfly is Patient, An Egg is Quiet, A Seed is Sleepy), this one follows a similar attractive layout and design.  The illustrations depict the kaleidoscopic colours found in beetles, though many are brown or black, in North America.  The book uses short, rich language e.g. telegraphic, prehistoric, armored, in key patterned sentences as well as in short, concise paragraphs. Each page is filled with detailed water colour illustrations, varying between pastel and bright colours. The front and end pages are filled with different beetles introduced in this book, with the end pages including their names.   It would make a good read-aloud for primary classes but be enjoyed by upper elementary students interested in entomology.
This book is highly recommended Alberta’s Grade Two Science: Small Flying and Crawling Animals unit, as well as an excellent model for 6+1 Writing Traits: Word Choice.

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