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Have you seen bugs?
Oppenheim, Joanne.
Personal Author:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
31 pages ; color illustrations ; 26 cm
Describes in verse a variety of bugs and how they look, behave, and improve our lives.
Reading Level:
AD 790 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.8 0.5 63243.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.8 1 Quiz: 13692 Guided reading level: P.
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QL467.2 .O66 1996 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Rhyming verse accompanies detailed paper sculptures m this stunning book which gives readers a vivid view of the lives of bugs, from their shapes to the work they do.

Author Notes

Joanne F. Oppenheim is an education and child development expert. She is the author of more than 50 books for and about children including The Christmas Witch; Kids and Play; Buy Me, Buy Me; and Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference. She won the National Picture Book of the Year award in Canada for Have You Seen Birds?. With other members of her family, she co-founded Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Inc. that publishes books on the most successful toys for children, called the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5-8. From the author of Have You Seen Birds? (1987) and Have You See Trees? (1995), this book uses verse to introduce the variety and characteristics of insects. The word bug is used loosely, as the book includes moths, bees, and spiders. In rhymes such as "Some are fast: / they dart and leap; / some are slow: / they crawl and creep," the text points out basic differences in the way insects look, move, sound, hear, taste, eat, work, and grow from egg to adult. The artwork, constructed of three-dimensional paper sculptures, consists of painted, molded, and sometimes embossed papers that are cut and combined into scenes of bugs in their habitats. Some of the illustrations are quite impressive, though no doubt they lose something in the translation from three dimensions to two. Notes on the last page identify the insects pictured on each spread. Primary-grade teachers will find this a pleasing and effective introduction to insects. (Reviewed April 1, 1998)0590059637Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Eye-popping artwork headlines this sensational picture book in praise of insects. Oppenheim's (Have You Seen Birds?) sprightly verse takes an up-close-and-personal view of bugs in all their splendid variety ("Bugs with stripes/ or speckles/ or spots,/ shiny like metal/ or covered in dots"). Meanwhile, Broda's exquisite painted paper sculptures, strategically placed against a series of watercolor backdrops, give the pages depth, texture and a brilliantly surreal flavor. Readers will be craning their necks for a "how did he do that?" look at the detail, from the intricate designs of a butterfly's wing to the gleaming metallic back of a beetle. Touching upon caterpillars and crickets, ladybugs and lacewing dragonflies, author and illustrator cover a lot of ground and, thanks to Oppenheim's hardworking verse as well as the careful art, they pack in a surprising amount of information. While this finely wrought book is particularly well suited to the learning style of younger readers, those at the upper end of the target group will no doubt be equally enthralled. Ages 5-8. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-An alliterative, rhyming text is accompanied by dramatic, brilliantly colored, three-dimensional paper sculptures that were photographed to create the final images. This jubilant celebration of insects in a variety of habitats is reinforced informationally by a page-by-page listing of the insects depicted. While millipedes (diplopods) and spiders (arachnids) are not "bugs," most insects (class Insecta) are not "true bugs" either. All of the beasties shown are joint-legged arthropods. This is not a book for sophisticated report writers, but it's perfect for any youngster who has ever followed a flittering butterfly, pondered a spider spinning a web, or chased a twinkling firefly-and even more for those who dream of such joyous experiences. An eye-catching delight.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.