About two weeks ago we went into one of the Outdoor Warehouse stores in Pretoria. They had a large display of books right by the door as you enter the store and my youngest zoomed into the first book that caught her eye – My First Book Of Southern African Insects.
Now I’ve written before about how my kids are really bad with books, one of my first blog posts in fact – They Break Books! Now I do have to confess I am really bad at reading to them. I actually hate it *gasp*. I can’t stand the millions of questions, having to reread pages and then they fight over who’s holding one corner, or turning the page. It’s just exhausting for me. Cue major mommy guilts – yes yes, just another reason why I’m a bad mother.
That said, they are absolutely loving this book. They are absorbing the information like sponges and are even identifying bugs around them and then running to the book to find the right page, completely unassisted. I’m so proud of them and so happy that they are loving a book that is actually teaching them something useful and educational.
Their current favourite is the Bagworm – a hideous looking caterpillar.
Each page has the following details on it:
- The name of the insect
- A large colourful picture of the insect
- An illustrated information table showing when you are likely to see the bug (day or night), what it eats (plants, other animals, etc), and the approximate size of it when compared with an actual match stick.
- The best part is the short concise information and description of each insect, which is given in English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Xhosa – how great is that?
The book was published by Struik Nature (an imprint of Penguin Random House (Pty) Ltd)
It retails from Outdoor Warehouse for R100.00, but I see the ebook version is available for purchase online too – Takealot are selling them for R76. It really is well worth getting this book if your little ones are curious and interested in creepy crawlies, bugs and insects. I will definitely be investing in the other books in this series.
Unfortunately the link to the Penguin Random House South Africa website page for this book isn’t available at the time of publishing this blog post, I will hopefully update that information at a later stage when it does become available.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All pictures were taken by me of my personal copy of the book.