HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Hayes Book of Bugs and Critters
Author: Brian Holley
Illustrators: Diane Gruettner, Diane Black, and Denis Gagne
Publisher: Durkin Hayes Publishing Ltd., 1986
ISBN-13: 978-0876170205 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0876170203 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-9992752159 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 9992752157 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-0886251185 (Audio book)
ISBN-10: 0886251184 (Audio book)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Holley, Brian. The Hayes Book of Bugs and Critters (published in 1986 by Durkin Hayes Publishing Ltd.). Like Usborne, Kingfisher, and Dorling-Kindersley, the Hayes Publishing Company has put out a number of attractive, informative books of non-fiction to attract and hold the attention of youngsters. When our boys were in second grade, the homeschool science curriculum we used included a unit on insects, and our older son Mark was especially interested in the subject. I can remember taking him and a homeschooled friend on a butterfly hunt at a local nature preserve that year. So we checked this book, which is part of the Discover Nature Series and uses text and pictures to present the unique aspects of various insects and introduce some well-known examples, out of the library to complement his study of bugs. It appears to have been available in several different editions, including one by Scholastic and even an audio book.