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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BUGS: Big & Small God Made Them All

We've been learning all about bugs with the help of Master Books' BUGS: Big & Small God Made Them All. This beautiful book shows readers God's purpose for creating insects in intricate detail. It is a wonderful resource for science, as well as a fun nonfiction picture book for elementary ages.

The full-color pages feature fascinating insects such as the Titan beetle, which is bigger than your hand! This "jumbo giant" can grow to over 6 inches long! Though you might not want to read it just before bedtime, BUGS is full of thought-provoking details and constantly points to God as creator and designer of it all.

Our favorite section of BUGS is the one about camouflage. From leaf bugs to stick bugs, these amazing creatures can seamlessly blend with their surroundings, some even resembling orchids so closely that you cannot tell they are insects. What a fun way to discuss creation with kids, showing them God's attention to detail in nature.

We also like learning about the different characteristics of moths and butterflies and have enjoyed figuring out how to tell them apart. The beautiful photographs showcase the dazzling colors and details of these amazing creatures.

The "Words to Know" section is a wonderful vocabulary-builder, with clear explanations of the terms used throughout the book. BUGS has many features that make it a good resource for extending science learning from a core curriculum, but also works as a stand-alone book, suitable for a unit study on insects. 

They've even tucked a special treat at the back of the book: punch-out cards with stats and details for 12 different insects. They are great for using as flash cards, or taking outside with your nature journal as field guide references. 

Find out more in this book trailer video below:

{The publisher provided me with a review copy for my honest opinions.}