Why did we select this book?
First, we chose this book because the illustrations were made for you in a little studio on Peaks Island, Maine, by the mighty Scott Nash. His love of insects and arachnids (spiders) shows on every page. Each spread is filled with detailed images of the secret lives of bugs. Author Carol Diggory Shields is a master of rhyme, and you and your child will delight in finding all those words that sound great together. Every new read aloud will lead you to discover a new character or a new word. Punch out the cards in the back to learn more about the real lives of these insects. Use them in a game. Can your child match the bugs on the cards to the ones on the page? Your child, like Dilly on the last page, “might be young and she might be small,” but she has grown so much because you have read to her since she was a baby! Bravo!
There is something special about knowing there are people in our state who spend their days creating and illustrating stories just so that families like yours will have wonderful books to read together.
This title was also one of 5 books included in an anthology of Maine books created exclusively for the Raising Readers program in 2005: https://www.raisingreaders.org/book/Raising-Readers-A-Collection-of-Stories-from-Maine-2005/160/