Pros: Very short story. Great pictures.
Cons: Can be read in under 5 minutes.
Where do insects live? by Susan Canizares & Mary Reid is part of the Scholastic Science series.
My sons participated in a reading contest/program over the summer and were allowed to choose books to keep as awards from the library after completing so many books. Where do insects live? was one of my oldest sons picks. All he saw was the real photo of some Japanese Beetles sitting in a flower on the front cover, read the title, and knew he'd love it. When we got home to read it, it was then we realized the book is 14 pages long, and the whole 'story' consists of only 37 words!
Where do insects live? is not a story about a certain insect venturing off to find his home or anything like that. The book is more of an educational reference guide for young readers. Each page contains a real photograph of an insect and underneath the picture in bold print it will tell you where that insect lives. For instance, there is a picture of a grasshopper on one page and the page next to it there is a picture of a treehopper. The story on these 2 pages simply reads:
"In the grass.
On a tree."
This tells the reader the grasshopper lives in the grass and the treehopper lives in a tree.
I think the most exciting part of the book is is the last 2 pages after the story has ended. The writers were sure to add a list naming the pictures from the story since quite a few readers may not realize they are looking at water strider or a colony of weaver ants. The writers also go into little detail about how some of the insects from the book actually make their homes. I have never heard of a weaver ant before, but now we all know that they actually make their homes by sewing leaves into shelter. They also give us information about grasshoppers, treehoppers, shield bugs, water striders, various crickets, and carpenter ants.
The writers also remind us on the last 2 pages that insects live everywhere. "Insects live all around us. They live in our houses and in the fields. They thrive in water, and in forests, in the driest deserts, and in warm climates and cold."
Where do insects live would not have been my first pick for my son had it been me that was picking out the books. But he does enjoy science and creepy crawly things like most boys do, and he really enjoyed reading this book and he also goes back to it time and again to give his friends information on these insects.
I would highly recommend this book for young readers interested in anything science, and of course interested in insects. Where do insects live? is a very short story with very short words, it would also be a great book for those just learning to read.