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Author(s): Lesley Gibbes Lesley; Judy Watson Judy
This lovely story about a child and their grandfather searching for cicadas is part of the award-winning narrative nonfiction Nature Storybooks series. In the summertime, Grandpa and I go cicada-watching. We put our camping gear into my wagon and walk down to the local reserve. Last year we saw five Green Grocers, three Yellow Mondays and one Floury Baker. Can we find the rare Black Prince this year? This heartwarming nonfiction picture book is written by award-winning author Lesley Gibbes and gorgeously illustrated by Judy Watson.
CBCA 2020 Shortlist:The Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
CBCA Review:A beautifully presented introduction into the world of the cicada, this stunning picture book engages and informs young readers through its unique melding of fact and storytelling. The story itself is a simple one; a child and a grandparent explore the bush together, marvelling at the wonders of nature whilst listening for cicada calls and conducting their careful search. In addition to the narrative, each page contains a myriad of interesting facts about the cicada, presented in handwritten passages that mimic those of a naturalist’s notebook. Key information about different species, their lifecycles, calls and colours are intertwined with the gentle storyline. Rhythmic prose immerses readers in the topic with skill and subtlety and the fun of camping and spending time with loved ones is captured in the joyous illustrations. Vibrant artwork in deep, rich hues of greens and blues evoke the Australian bush, and the cicadas themselves are brought to life in stunning detail. As both an exploration of science and nature, and a celebration of the bond between grandparent and grandchild, this is an information book to be shared and treasured.