When two damselflies happen upon a small green sprout, their curiosity comes alive. What is it? What sort of a plant could it be? But instead of using language we recognize, they speak to each other in unfamiliar syllables that we have not heard before.
"Du iz tak? Ma nazoot."
By using the context clues in the pictures, we can decode the foreign sounds so that the conversation comes alive and makes sense for us.
In the miniature, mostly unknown and unseen world of insects, a story is about to unfold. The time involved will be bookended by an eight-footed caterpillar disappearing into a cocoon. One by one beetles and spider and slugs emerge from the rocks and clumps until an entire band of small arthropods has gathered to celebrate the wonder of one green plant.
This is a fascinating small play acted out mostly by congenial insects who are mesmerized by the mystery and possibilities of this growing stem. There will be drama.
Cycles begin and end. Community is built and broken. Metamorphosis succeeds.
A charmingly quirky reminder of the wonder nature holds for us and the value of every living thing large and small.
48 pages 978-0763665302 Ages 4-8
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com