Bugs Don't Hug: Six-Legged Parents and Their Kids
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Through cartoonlike drawings, this book assures young audiences that bugs don't engage in everyday human activities, like making scrambled eggs for breakfast or getting tucked into bed at night--at least not until a page turn offers up comparatively realistic drawings of insects engaging in parallel behaviors. For example, mama bugs may not play peek-a-boo. But, on the next page, a tortoise beetle mother tucks her young under her shell to hide them from predators. Mama bugs don't bake birthday cakes, but dung beetle mamas do tuck their eggs inside pig poop cakes so that their babies can eat their way out. And so it goes, through spit soup and snuggly nests, sending the message that bugs do demonstrate some recognizable qualities, and so are worthy of curiosity and further exploration. Concluding activities include brief profiles of the featured bugs, additional reading selections, and a note to parents, promoting shared wonder and respect for all creatures.