Bugs & Birds by Masayoshi Matsumoto

Bugs and Birds by Masayoshi Matsumoto. Flowerpot Press, 2021. 9781486721153, 9781486721160

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format: Board book

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book:   In these 2 board books, get ready to be amazed by wonderful balloon animals.  Bugs presents interesting facts about spiders, grasshoppers, ants, bumblebees, beetles, praying mantis, caterpillars, walking sticks, dragonflies, and ladybugs. In Birds, kids will learn interesting facts about peacocks, bald eagles, ostriches, cockatiels, puffins, owls, cranes, toucans, macaws, and blue jays.   Master balloon artist Masayoshi Matsumoto is from Japan and has created a unique way to share his craft and to learn about these creatures. The colorful photographs on each page are sure to leave a lasting impression and little learners wondering how he did that.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  A creative read aloud to share with young readers and lovers of bugs, birds and balloons.

Who should buy this book?  Preschools, day cares, elementary schools, home and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ?  Board books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? no

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Julie Durmis, J.C. Solmonese Elementary School, Norton, MA

Date of review:  July 22, 2021

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