by Steve Jenkins
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (March 3, 2015)
Nonfiction/Informational Picture Book
Explore how a simple, often colorful, sometimes surprisingly shaped package, reveals nature's life cycle, unusual animal defensive strategies, parenting behavior, evolution, and more, in this illustrated non-fiction picture book.
Why You'll Love It:
- Jenkins' signature torn paper and collage illustrations are featured against white backgrounds, really making the images pop.
- Jenkins explores 54 creatures and why they lay eggs the way they do -- for example, the black-spotted sticky frog lays eggs in a carnivorous pitcher plant. Hello, booktalk hook!!!
- The final pages illustrate the cycles of a chicken and alligator as each creature develops over time, in five stages from embryo to hatchling, which lends itself nicely to compare and contrast lessons.
Who Should Read It:
Great for grades K-3...and here's the educator's guide (scroll down to p. 7)
What Else You Should Read:
- Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray
- Creature Features by Steve Jenkins
- The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins