Ticia's Science Sunday post at Adventures in Mommydom, prompted me to order in a couple of Pill Bug books at the library, this week. Our climate here is pretty dry (or at least it's always been dry, until this spring), and so we don't see many of the roly poly creatures, but I thought the kids might enjoy reading about them anyway.
We ended up with A Pill Bug's Life by John Himmelman. The children enjoyed Himmelman's story-like style, and it was full of a lot of facts, but I thought his illustrations made the tiny crustaceans look kind of creepy.
I preferred the photographs in Raintree Sprouts' Pill Bugs by Monica Hughes. Raintree Sprouts is a series of nonfiction books intended for the K-1 classroom, and if this book is any indication of the quality of the series, we will be looking for more. Each page has only one to two short sentences, to go with large, clear, color photos, but there is a lot of information packed into those sentences.
By happy coincidence, we had a sun break, on the same day the books arrived in at the library, and crossed paths with a Roly Poly, in our own backyard. By afternoon it was pouring again, so the window for encountering this bug was small, making it a treasured find. Apparently, all the rain is bringing the Roly Polies out of hiding, which is so much better than looking under rocks, and leaf piles for them - where there might also be a rattlesnake!
For more children's book reviews, and recommendations, check out Feed Me Books Friday at The Adventures of Motherhood, or the What My Child is Reading blog hop, hosted by Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns, guest hosted this week by Debbie at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn.
It's great to be a homeschooler.