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Paperback Details
  • 08/2020
  • 978-0-9846172-5-8
  • 174 pages
  • $25.00
Ebook Details
  • 11/2020
  • 978-0-9846172-6-5 B08NWFDHJW
  • 174 pages
  • $9.99
BUGS THAT LOVE! The Amazing Western Conifer Seed Bug (& Shield Bugs Too!)

Middle Grade; Science, Nature, Technology, Psychology, PhilosophyScience & Nature; (Market)

BUGS THAT LOVE! The Amazing Western Conifer Seed Bug (& Shield Bugs Too!) is a wonderful book for middle grade readers, 8 to 12 years old and everyone who is young at heart, still exploring and learning! This book gives us a closer look at an overlooked species, The Western Conifer Seed Bug, that has not been talked about, studied or explored enough. It also dispels myths and untruths about the Shield bug. Both types of these bugs show, give and accept love! Expert educator, Lori-Michele, shares what she has learned and teaches through example, what we can gain from our interaction with these adorable, sensitive little bugs, that she calls micro-pets. You only need to stop and take a moment out, to realize how gentle, loving and special these creatures are! It is important that children develop empathy in their formative years, to carry into adulthood and this book demonstrates and teaches kind and caring ways to everyone. Both children and adults will form a new appreciation and motivation to treat these bugs humanely. With full-color photographs, of these amazing little creatures, in many stages, discover the fascinating world of BUGS THAT LOVE! The Amazing Western Conifer Seed Bug (& Shield Bugs Too!)
Reviews
Many people consider a bug making itself at home in your home cause for alarm. For insect-loving author Lori-Michele, though, the bug is extending its hand (leg?) in friendship. Ten years ago Lori-Michele’s father found a Western conifer seed bug clinging to a storm door during a cold winter and took it inside to warm up, not knowing that her burgeoning friendship with Buggy (as it eventually come to be known) would change nothing less than Lori-Michele’s world view. Told in either long chapters of personal experiences that moved the author or shorter chapters with more of a “how-to” bent (often accompanied by close-up photos), Bugs That Love! celebrates the possibility of human/insect friendship, ascribing pet-like emotions and awareness to insects: “I was told by entomologists that the Western conifers don’t see like we do, but Autumn always recognized me,” she writes of a bug that Lori-Michele attests communicates with her through physical gestures.

The overall tone is decidedly casual and informal, best suited for middle grade readers who are naturally curious, already interested in bugs, or don’t mind an argument for the better treatment of insects that’s more rooted in feeling than science. Readers looking for hard data and evidence about insect emotion won’t find much, and Lori-Michele notes that none of the entomologists she contacted were interested in these insects’ lives or personalities. That means the book reads more like an impassioned diary than a persuasive argument text, and it lacks that crucial element of any science book, especially intended for younger readers, the citation of further, reliable resources.

Still, Lori-Michele brings abundant enthusiasm and passion for her topic, and it’s clear that she cares deeply for her insect pets and believes they have the ability to provide companionship for kids, older adults, and others. The approachable tone and care that went into each chapter makes it a compelling read for insect-loving kids.

Takeaway: Young insect lovers looking for a casual but passionate defense of the value of bugs—as beings and as friends—will find company here

Great for fans of: Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson’s Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects, Owen Davey’s Bonkers About Beetles.

Production grades
Cover: B
Design and typography: B
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: B
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 08/2020
  • 978-0-9846172-5-8
  • 174 pages
  • $25.00
Ebook Details
  • 11/2020
  • 978-0-9846172-6-5 B08NWFDHJW
  • 174 pages
  • $9.99

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