Doug’s Dung

Magination Pr. (Once Upon a Garden). Mar. 2020. 32p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781433832376.
K-Gr 2–Doug the dung beetle is not very tough. While the other beetles lift, pull, and push balls of dung around all day, Doug is not able to. Doug wants to be creative instead. He covers dung balls with flower petals and pollen. Pleased with his creations, he opens up a gallery for all the beetles to enjoy his work. At first the other beetles are not supportive. Realizing Doug’s art brightens the garden, the other dung beetles—Dave, Doris, and Dan—praise Doug for his determination. In turn, Doug inspires his friends to be more creative. Digital illustrations of buggy-eyed beetles have subtle elements, such as belts, that characterize each and add charm. The prose is succinct, with select bolded words that could lead to discussions after reading the book. This book is an addition to the “Once Upon a Garden” series published by the American Psychological Association and is designed to build the emotional well-being of children.
VERDICT This book successfully focuses on resilience characteristics in an age-appropriate and engaging manner, making it a worthy addition to both school and public libraries.

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