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on 27 March 2012
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.
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on 18 June 2017
Such a great book. My nearly 4 year old has been enjoying this for about a year. The whole series of these books are just as good too.
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on 12 March 2012
It is great colorful book with beautiful illustrations.My little one who is 3 really love it.Would recoment for boys and girls.You wont be dissapointed:)
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on 14 May 2017
Arrived on time. Looked perfect but it was a gift for some one, I cannot give a review.
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on 20 June 2017
A super book
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on 1 July 2013
Used this as an extra story in our minibeasts topic - children loved it so had to read several times - great illustrations too.
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on 9 June 2017
Our 4 year old little girl LOVES this.
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on 17 July 2012
My two year old loves this, pointing out all the bugs he knows, and a few he didn't like centipede and earwig so new ones to learn too. And also works well as a bedtime book because on the last page it's night time and all the bugs have gone to sleep, so finishes well! Definitely recommend. We also have others from these authors and all have been good.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 7 February 2016
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.
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on 6 April 2017
Great story for little mini beast hunters.
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