Overview - This is a book which invites you into the garden to meet some of its residents: snail, slug, worm, spider, fly, beetle, earwig stick insect, ant, caterpillar/butterfly, ladybird, centipede, bee, dragonfly and a grasshopper. Each sections tells a little about the min beast e.g. what it likes to eat etc in a silly little rhyme.
Teachers - Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz are well known in the early years for their stories commotion in the ocean, giraffes cant dance rumble in the jungle. This book forms a part of a fantastic series including mad about: mega beasts, dinosaurs etc. These would work fab with the 'sing it up.org' songs about mini beasts.
Themes: mini beasts, nature, caring for the environment and animals, habitats (water, air, underground), changes.
Activity ideas: > Children could explore what habitats each of the mini beasts live in - this could involves sorting the animals into water, air and underground on a visual. > Children could discuss which is their favourite mini beast. For older children they could write about their mini beast. > Children could create a fact file on their chosen mini beast using technology and other books. > Children could use paint to make a symmetrical butterfly on paper by folding it over. This could link to doubling in maths! > Children could draw the mini beats focusing on their patterns e.g. the stripy bee. The key words could be written around the image. > Children could care for one of the mini beasts e.g. the class could have one of the grow your own butterfly kits and they could over time observe it changing from a caterpillar to eventually a butterfly. > Children could compare the mini beasts and categorise them - which have wings? how many legs do they have? > In PE children could move like the animals e.g. slither like a slimy slug, or roll their bodies up into a shell like a snails shell.
This is a great book, nice bold colourings and not too much wording on the pages so makes for a great read not only by adults but also children learning to read. The tale is a lovely tale about minibeasts in the garden and it is a rhyming book.There are sections with each animal and the rhyme for these animals on a page and this is great for educational aspect a great lesson learning tale in a easy to understand way and tells you about where you would find these minibeasts too each of these sections are after a general overview and then the sections are: * Snail * Slug * Worm * Spider ( looks a friendly one!) * Fly * Beetle * Earwig * Stick Insect * Ant * Caterpillar * Ladybird * Centipede * Bee * Dragonfly * Grasshopper
And a final overview page too
The colouring of the book is so vivid, solid and bold on the ipad screen and it is just like having the book in your hands.. certainly do not miss not holding the book as everything is just as it would be in paper.
This excellent little picture book is full of colourful drawings and great little rhymes about all the insects you get in the garden. My son loves this book as the colours are so vivid and the rhymes are short and punchy. This is an excellent way of teaching about the beasts at the bottom of the garden and all there characteristics (how many legs a centipede has etc). Highly recommend.