Insect Experts in the Rain Forest (Kid Scientist)

by Sue Fliess (Author) Mia Powell (Illustrator)

Insect Experts in the Rain Forest (Kid Scientist)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Kid Scientist

A team of kid entomologists learns that important discoveries can be hidden in plain sight.

Simone is an entomologist. She and her team find, identify, and study insects to better understand them. During an exciting trip to Costa Rica's lush rain forest, Simone's team investigates some strange-looking army ants that appear to have not one but two abdomens. Is the team on the brink of discovering a new species?

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K-Gr 3--This series imagines children exploring science careers. Illustrations include boys and girls from diverse backgrounds searching for insects in the rain forest or carrying out experiments aboard the International Space Station. Back matter includes an explanation of the career featured in the story, as well as advice on how to prepare for that career. A review of the scientific method includes examples of how it was used by the characters. And a list of suggested reading concludes each book. The Insect Experts title is loosely based on a real event from 2014. VERDICT This series could be read aloud to introduce students to STEM careers or explored by readers who already have an interest in science.

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Sue Fliess
Sue Fliess is the author of over fifty children's books including other books in the Magical Creatures and Crafts Series: How to Help a Cupid, How to Trap a Leprechaun, How to Track an Easter Bunny, How to Meet a Mermaid, How to Find a Unicorn, How to Trick a Christmas Elf, and How to Hide a Turkey, the Beatrice Bly series, the Kid Scientist series, Sadie Sprocket Builds a Rocket, Mary Had a Little Lab, and more. She lives in Northern Virginia with her family and loves to travel. She has always loved Halloween. Once she dressed up as the Mona Lisa painting and won a costume contest.

Simona Sanfilippo is a children's book illustrator who lives and works near Turin, the magical town in the north of Italy. Lots of green hills and mountains have surrounded her since childhood and both of them have a big place in her heart, a northern one that loves oceans and snowy lands too. When she lets her pencils have a break, she loves reading about Celtic legends, creating cute handmade creatures, and having a walk into the woods discovering trees and Mother Earth's gifts.
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Albert Whitman & Company
Publication date
October 20, 2022
Kid Scientist
BISAC categories
JNF003120 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Insects, Spiders, etc.
JNF011000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Careers
JNF051050 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Biology
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Rain forest animals
Costa Rica
Army ants

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