Maryjo Koch Dragonfly Beetle Butterfly Bee

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Dragonfly Beetle Butterfly Bee

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Maryjo Koch trains her naturalist's eye and artistic sensibility on the leaping bounds of the hot-footed Wolf Spider, the file-like music of the grasshopper's mating song, the sugar-sensitive feet of the Red Admiral Butterfly, and the scuba-diving plunges of the fierce Diving Beetle after its prey. An exquisite art book as well as a treasure trove of facts and amusing observations, this luscious volume is perfect for art lovers, naturalists, teachers, children, and everyone fascinated by the intriguing and varied world of insects.

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Dragonfly, Beetle, Butterfly, Bee is naturalist painter Maryjo Koch's second book in this lovely series to be honored as a Scientific American Book of the Year. Beautiful full-color illustrations are devoted to each of the insects named in the title, illuminating the wide variety of creatures within each species. Take a close-up look at the eyespots of moths and butterflies, delicate drawings of wings, and the circles of insects dubbed "good bugs" and "bad bugs." Though not specifically geared toward children, this title has more of a childlike theme running through it than any of the other books in this wonderful series. "Ladybird, ladybird, fly away, do! Fly to the mountain to feed upon dew. Feed upon dew, and when you are through, ladybird, ladybird, fly home again, do!" This traditional Chinese nursery rhyme accompanies a beautiful page full of tiny flying ladybirds. Do you wonder how these familiar little insects got their name? The answer and other little nuggets of information are included in the informative, charming, and meticulously hand-lettered text.

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From the jeweled hues of a butterfly's wings to the industrious lifestyles of beetles, no one captures insects more richly or artfully than Maryjo Koch. With the gentle wit and remarkable precision that have made her previous illustrated nature studies so popular, Koch offers a remarkable perspective on the animal kingdom...in miniature.

The often invisible world of insect life, thrumming beneath our feet and high above our heads, is revealed here as to an outsider visiting a private, secret land. Weaving instructive text about metamorphosis, locomotion, pollination, camouflage and migration with lyrical selections of poetry and prose from William Shakespeare, Tennyson and others, Dragonfly Beetle Butterfly Bee informs as it entertains.

Maryjo Koch trains her naturalist eye and artistic sensibility on the leaping bounds of the hot-footed Wolf Spider, the file-like music of the grasshopper's mating song, the sugar-sensitive feet of the Red Admiral Butterfly and the scuba-diving plunges of the fierce Diving Beetle after its prey. An exquisite art book as well as a treasure trove of facts and amusing observations, this luscious volume is perfect for art lovers, naturalists, teachers, children and everyone fascinated by the intriguing and varied world of insects.

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