Hoping to nurture a love for nature and to encourage helpfulness in your child?
Graceworks has recently published “Zander’s Adventures with Cicada & Ladybug” written by Joanna Ong and illustrated by Naomi Tien. This series is dedicated to the wonders of nature and helps children appreciate the intricacies of little creatures like insects.
About Zander’s Adventures with Cicada & Ladybug
“Zander’s Adventure With Cicada & Ladybug” consists of three books within the series: Wonderfully Made, Two Saves In A Day and Operation Dunk.
Zander is a little boy who is befriended by the tiniest and unlikeliest critters – a cicada and a ladybug. They go on different adventures, discovering other critters as well as solving problems such as pests.
Each book teaches lessons for all to learn: Wonderfully Made is all about embracing our gifts and unique traits, Two Saves In A Day emphasises each creature’s purpose even the “pests” in our midst while Operation Dunk is a heroic mission to stem the growth of aedes mosquitoes.
Through the stories, readers will also learn more about life cycles, scientific facts of various critters.
Book Review of Zander’s Adventures With Cicada & Ladybug
These locally produced books draw our attention to the insects we can see and hear around us. I thought that was refreshing as many books focus on creatures that are found overseas. I liked how the common cicada was brought to the spotlight as Zander’s teammate, together with the ladybug. After all, cicadas are often heard and not seen.
I also appreciated how ingenious the solution was to eradicate the larvae of the aedes mosquito. This should provoke little ones to think of alternate uses of things they would otherwise discard.
The reads are perfect for preschoolers and lower primary children. Apart from the vivid illustrations, words are highly descriptive hence bringing the stories alive. I can almost hear the cicadas singing.
Zander, Cicada and Ladybug inspire as little heroes who make a positive impact. Their actions might seem little, but they are little steps towards a world of difference. I am sure young readers will see the significance of their actions through the books.
Just as Cicada encourages Zander “You’re never too young to do something good!”, readers will learn that their actions no matter how small are helpful.
Adventure with Zander and his bug friends here.