Early Book Review: Bees, Bugs, and Butterflies: A Family Guide to Our Garden Heroes and Helpers by Ben Raskin

Bees, Bugs, and Butterflies: A Family Guide to Our Garden Heroes and Helpers by Ben Raskin is a children's non fiction book that is currently scheduled for release on March 13 2018. This book offers inside knowledge on the power of pollination with interesting facts and activities. Readers will learn why pollination is essential to the natural world through engaging projects and zany explanations. They can create characterful bug masks to cut out and wear, play a game of Pollinator Pursuit (a fresh take on a traditional board game), and explore the menu at Predator Restaurant (who knew nematode nougat came in slug and vine weevil flavors?). By the end of Bees, Bugs & Butterflies you'll know how pollinators work and which creatures work with which flowers; you'll see how you can help pollinators by planting the right plants and creating safe homes for them; you'll learn about the amazing tricks plants play on insects; and you'll discover how to call nature's very own SOS team in to give our nectar-sipping buddies (and us) a helping hand.
Bees, Bugs, and Butterflies: A Family Guide to Our Garden Heroes and Helpers is a solid resource about insects and how important they are in the natural world. The information is accessible, the images were bright and colorful, and the crafts are interesting. However, I found that while the information was good and the funny little thought bubble facts were attention getters I found the book as a whole to be nothing new or amazing. It is good, and a solid resource for home, school, or classroom libraries. I think that the activities and stickers will capture the attention of some young readers, but after the stickers are gone and the newness has faded it will lose a bit of favor. 
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