Can you say “Ewww, gross… cool!”
That pretty much sums it up for this informative book about termites for readers 9-12. It contains the “gross factor”, which many young readers, especially boys, flock to.
The pictures in the book are of real termites, blown up to show spiky, hairy and slimy details we would not usually be able to see with the naked eye. One of the first pictures in the book shows the unbelievably bloated body of the termite queen, who gets fatter and longer the more eggs she lays. Other pictures depict the different types of termites, their home, and their eating habits (quite possibly the most disgusting aspect of the book!)
Though I was constantly grossed out, I could not stop flipping the pages and reading about these tightly knit colonies where everyone is protected and nothing they find or create is wasted…including their bodily wastes!
Readers will be awed by the way this gigantic family unit operates to create their home. Thanks to the activity in the back of the book, they can also learn to build like a termite using salt dough and other disposable materials found around the house.
Sandra Markle did a wonderful job and has made it easy and fascinating to learn all about termites. I’ll be sure to pick up more of her books in the future.
Do you know of any other books/stories that are really gross and really interesting? Please share!
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