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Bug Off!: Creepy, Crawly Poems    by Jane Yolen & Jason Stemple order for
Bug Off!
by Jane Yolen
Order:  USA  Can
Boyds Mills Press, 2012 (2012)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Over a dozen short poems and brilliant color photos of each poem's subject make this collection one that young readers will enjoy reading. The featured insects include a fly, praying mantis, butterfly, ants, honey bees, lovebug, two types of spiders, dragonfly, tick, ladybug, and grasshopper.

While some of the poems are humorous, others are cautionary and warn the reader to avoid squeezing a tick ('Bacteria comes sliding out, which makes a person sick').

Along with the verse and photo, each insect page also features a paragraph that gives information about the bug. You'll learn that the fastest butterflies fly twelve miles per hour and dragonflies feast on mosquitoes, flies and midges.

The author invites her readers to take their time to look at these gorgeous photographs, read the poems, and then write some of their own. That's not a bad idea! Let this book be the catalyst that sparks your child's creation of his or her own collection of creepy, crawly poems.

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