“Du iz tak?” Two damselflies observe a tiny green sprout and wonder what it is. Insects have a language of their own, which they speak as Ellis takes readers on a journey through the seasons from insect perspective. Borrowing a “litter” from a woodlouse, they climb up the growing plant to build an ingenious “furt” that even has a pulley to haul up water. A giant spider spins a net over their fort, only to be hauled off by a huge bird of prey. Will they rebuild? Follow details on every page to see the seasonal changes in Ellis’s utterly charming gouache and watercolor illustrations. Especially delightful are night scenes where an elegant cricket soulfully plays his violin on a sawed-off branch--in autumn he’s joined by a beautiful moth dancing under the waning moon. Snow descends; all is white and deserted. But one day, a little fly discovers new green shoots. “Du iz tak?”
2016, Ages 4 to 8
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Recommended by: Barbara Talcroft
Barbara Talcroft reviews children’s books professionally for childrenslit.com and for Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. She has a Master’s degree in International Children’s Literature. She also has many years’ experience as a teacher. Barbara is one of the founders of LANTERN and its past chairperson.