The Mighty Pollinators (Step Gently, Look Closely)

by Helen Frost (Author) Rick Lieder (Illustrator)

The Mighty Pollinators (Step Gently, Look Closely)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Veteran collaborators return with a feast of fresh, whimsical poems and truly dazzling close-up photographs of mighty pollinators doing what they do best.

Have you noticed, on a summer’s day, the fine powder at the heart of a flower or floating on a breeze? What is pollen, and why does it matter? Almost invisible, pollen waits for the one thing it needs: a ride on the wind—or on wings, fur, or feathers. That’s where pollinators come in, small and mighty, holding the world together with their work. Soft, shimmering photographs saturated with color evoke the busy world of bees, butterflies, bats, and moths—and many lesser-known species—at arrestingly close range. Playful poems encourage the reader to look closely, to marvel, and most of all, to care, while concise back matter underscores the vital role these creatures play in the ecosystem and the ways we can help pollinators help us. A seventh seamless blend of poetry, nonfiction, and captivating photography from the dynamic duo behind Step Gently OutThe Mighty Pollinators belongs in every classroom—and in the hands of any curious child eager to understand nature and its wonders.
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A beautifully photographed, respectful tribute to pollinators.
Helen Frost
Helen Frost is the author of six previous books illustrated with Rick Lieder's nature photography: Step Gently Out, Sweep Up the Sun, Among a Thousand Fireflies, Wake Up!, Hello, I'm Here!, and Wait--and See. She is also the author of the middle-grade novel in poems Applesauce Weather as well as several other novels in verse for young adults. Her books have received many awards and honors. She lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Rick Lieder has collaborated with Helen Frost on six previous picture books. He is an artist and nature photographer whose work has appeared on the National Geographic channel. He lives with his wife, writer Kathe Koja, in Michigan.
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Guided Reading Level
Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication date
March 20, 2024
Step Gently, Look Closely
BISAC categories
JNF042000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Poetry | General
JNF003120 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Insects, Spiders, etc.
JNF037030 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Flowers & Plants
Library of Congress categories
Plant-pollinator relationships

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