Me encantan los insectos

Holiday House. (¡Me gusta leer!). Jul. 2022. 32p. pap. $8.99. ISBN 9780823451968. SP.
PreS-Gr 1–A Black girl loves insects, but this love is not shared by her friend. First grade students will learn that bees carry pollen, which helps plants grow, and that ants aerate the soil by digging tunnels. Readers will also learn that some insects harm plants and that insects are a part of the ecosystem. Based on I Love Insects, this edition offers a relatable story with some facts about insects in the early reader format story. Rockwell builds a simple narrative using from one to four sentences in a black font, emphasizing different features present in insects. The artwork, created with colored pencil, gouache and watercolor in a soft palette, conveys the story through the facial expression of the two human characters. The full-spread detailed illustrations enhance the narrative, helping readers understand the meaning of the text. Children will connect with the colorful illustrations and characters who move the story forward. Two important values underscored in this plot are the girl’s sense of inquiry to learn more about a topic she likes and the boy’s change of heart at the end of the story. This book could be read in a school time activity to reinforce a unit about insects. The back matter contains the drawings of the insects covered in the story.
VERDICT An engaging Spanish-language and STEM-based early reader for preschool-age children who like (and even dislike) insects.

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