Celebrate Earth Day by Learning About The Mighty Pollinators

Posted April 22, 2024 by Richetta in Book Reviews, Book Themes, Children's Books, Earth Day, poetry / 0 Comments

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Celebrate Earth Day by Learning About The Mighty PollinatorsThe Mighty Pollinators by Helen Frost
Illustrator: Rick Lieder
Published by Candlewick Press on March 26, 2024
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Genres: Juvenile Nonfiction / Poetry / General, Juvenile Nonfiction / Science & Nature / Flowers & Plants
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover
Source: Candlewick Press
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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 Out, The Mighty Pollinators belongs in every classroom--and in the hands of any curious child eager to understand nature and its wonders.

Review: The Mighty Pollinators, Poems by Helen Frost and Photographs Rick Lieder

We all know bees are pollinators but did you know fireflies are too?

The Mighty Pollinators is a great book to celebrate both National Poetry Month and Earth Day. It was a surprise hit with my kindergartener who loves gardening. His classmates also loved this fun read aloud too! We were all in awe of the creatures we never knew were pollinators! It’s a nice blend of non-fiction and poetry.

The colors in the photographs are beautiful. The first page opens to a beautiful yellow of pollen in the air. The macro photography of the various pollinators is really cool. I like that the photographs showcase ordinary pollinators and not just the majestic, symbolic ones that we see in children’s books all the time. The butterflies page is a good example, because usually it would be a beautiful monarch or super colorful butterfly. But I love that these pictures showcase butterflies that you will most likely run into more often. 

In the Classroom

The poems are fun and informative at the same time. It would be a great addition to support an Arts Integration science unit in elementary school. Your young readers will have lots of questions they will want to pursue after reading! To help with that, there is an informational spread in the back of the book that talks about pollen and pollination and how to support pollinators. 

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