FalconGuides has published a neat book for kids to learn about all those little critters they might come across when exploring outside. It is written and illustrated by John Himmelman, whose nature books we’ve enjoyed before (Mouse in a Meadow, Frog in a Bog, Noisy Frog Sing-Along, and the variety of titles in his Nature Upclose series).
John Himmelman, Basic Illustrated Guide to Frogs, Snakes, Bugs, and Slugs (Helena, MT: FalconGuides, 2013), 94 pp.
The Basic Illustrated Guide to Frogs, Snakes, Bugs, and Slugs introduces some animals you may have met, but know little about. They all share the great outdoor world in your backyard, schoolyard, parks, and ponds – from up in the trees to just beneath the surface of the soil. Once you come across one, you are likely to come across another. It becomes a treasure hunt you wish would never end. Discover how to: find the wriggly creatures in their own environments; safely observe to avoid potential dangers; attract specific types of critters for observation; identify a wide variety of bugs, slugs, frogs and snakes; and explore without damaging their habitat.
Here are a few of Himmelman’s illustrations, which are simple yet rich in detail:
This book is not specific to one region, but Himmelman does tell the reader if a critter can be found throughout the whole United States, Eastern US, or Western US. And the book is dedicated to people like me: “For all of you who relocate to the outdoors the crawlies you find in your home, instead of squashing them.” If you squash a bug, not only do you end its life but you cease any opportunity to learn anything about it, especially for kids. Get a bug container, and get a copy of Basic Illustrated Guide to Frogs, Snakes, Bugs, and Slugs!