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Soar High, Dragonfly
by Sheri M. Bestor
Dragonflies are some the world's most beautiful (and fascinating!) insects. And one many children can find right in their backyards! With a simple story, perfect for read-alouds, and colorful illustrations, this scientific look at a dragonfly's life-cycle will captivate little entomologists. Informative sidebars are included that let children learn even more about these amazing insects.
- Suggested Interest Level: Age 5 - Age 8
- Suggested Reading Level: Grade 1
- Accelerated Reader® Quiz: Pending
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / General (see also headings under Animals or Technology) (JNF051000)
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Insects, Spiders, etc. (JNF003120)
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Science & Ecosystems (JNF051100)
Kirkus Reviews - Soar High, Dragonfly
Reviewed on 15 January 2019
A circular account of a dragonfly’s life span told simultaneously as a narrative and a collection of scientific facts. The creative duo behind Good Trick, Walking Stick (2016) returns to the insect world. Readers follow the life cycle of a green darner dragonfly, from its mother laying eggs to fertilizing its own before leaving to “find warmer days” elsewhere. The primary text, set in a relatively large font, relates the development of a particular dragonfly in a preschool-friendly manner with simple sentences, sound effects, and a rhythmic refrain—"Oh my, a baby dragonfly!"—that varies the first few syllables with each repetition. Supplementary text is in smaller, multicolored type and gives a factual description of the species, complete with vocabulary definitions and fourth-wall-breaking questions to encourage inquisitive thought: “Do you think that the nymph looks like a dragonfly?” Blocks of this text are tucked into the corners of spreads, so younger readers can choose to skim them over while older or inquisitive readers can learn more about the natural world. Unfortunately, there is no informative backmatter to further help them on their way. Lambert places marbled colors à la Eric Carle against a plain, mostly white background. The result is a rich vibrancy that makes the book and its insect protagonist delightfully attractive. Dynamic colors and textual versatility make for a quality nonfiction read.
Author: Sheri M. Bestor
Sheri was born and raised in a quaint town in the Midwest. Just like when she was a little girl, she still spends much of her time enjoying nature and the endless discoveries found in the woods. Sheri also loves to write, read, teach yoga, create art, and spend time with family and friends. She is a literary agent with Willow Words Literary Agency. To learn more about Sheri, visit www.sheribestor.com or www.willowwords.agency.
Illustrator: Jonny Lambert
Jonny Lambert grew up on a farm on Surrey in the United Kingdom. He has illustrated with over 300 titles, is a designer, a paper engineer, and most recently, served as Group Design Director at Templar Publishing. He lives in Wisborough Green, England.
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