Primary May 2019 (2)August 1st, 2018 | Posted by in 2018-2019 | 2018-2019 Primary | Primary (Grades K-2) | May
Meisel, Paul. My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis. Holiday House, 2017. 32 pages (978–0–8234–3671–2)
The eventful summer of the spunky P. Mantis begins on the sunny day of May 17 (“I was born today!”). The praying mantis’s sparse but entertaining log continues for the next five months as she records her growth spurts, ravenous appetite—on June 2 she eats two of her brothers—and impressive camouflage skills. As we read about P.’s adventures, we learn interesting tidbits about praying mantises. They can turn their heads to look behind themselves; they can fly (eventually); they shed their skin many times as they mature. In the end, after laying her own eggs on the plant where she was born, P. Mantis lies down for “a long nap.” Notes on the endpapers confirm what readers may have suspected: adult mantises do not survive the winter, but their short lives are indeed “awesome.” ©2018 Cooperative Children’s Book Center
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