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“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”
Summary: Eric doesn't treat the creatures around him very well. He is mean to ants and spiders, and he kills a mosquito. A leaf falls and magic happens. Sophia, the sky fairy, tells him to hold a leaf and wish. He is transformed so that he can satisfy his curiosity about insects in a more meaningful way. Eric visits with a spider and then some ants. From the ants, he learns about life. At the end, he hides the leaf for another day. Learn about the insect world from their perspective with the first title in this picture book adventure series.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, middle grade reader
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 and up
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Age of Child: Read by students at Menchville High School as part of our Use Your ABCs program.
Young Reader Reaction: I liked this book. We do some of the things that Eric does, so we can connect with him. I liked it enough to read again.
Adult Reader Reaction: I was happy to see my reader laugh about the book.
Pros: This well-illustrated story offers lessons in respect and curiosity for young readers.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is an engaging story. Boys will enjoy the bug part!
Educational Themes: This is a story about respect, for ourselves and the creatures around us. It is a nice way to introduce the idea of stepping out of yourself and seeing things from someone else's perspective.
Notes: Awards: Honor Book, Golden Spur Award, Texas State Reading Association
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, adventure, animal stories, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: February 2009
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