My First Book Of Southern African Insects Book Review

Book Review: My First Book of Southern African Insects

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.

The book is written by Charmaine Uys and beautifully illustrated by Sally MacLarty. It descibes and illustrates 58 species of insects most likely to be encountered in Southern Africa.

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. 

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  1. Author

    This is great. I am adding to my Takealot list now. We have funny hairy worms that are everywhere currently and my little one is rescuing them and wondering what they will turn into. This book is perfect. #globalblogging

    1. Author

      I honestly can’t believe how much my girls love this book. My youngest already knows most of them. She’s almost 4.

  2. Author

    Ooh my grandchildren love bugs. Thanks for sharing #familyfun

  3. Author

    Ha well whatever gets them reading eh. I must say reading does sound like a bit of chore, I think I’d find that exhausting too so I’m glad you’ve found a book yoh can all enjoy.,.kind of. Thanks for joining us at #familyfun

  4. Author

    Fab book for my boys. I’m happy with anything that they pick up to read, my youngest needs to read more. I think it’s there in his head but he doesn’t want to sit and read so much.
    Mainy x

  5. Author

    I must admit, reading bedtime stories is not one of my favorite pastimes. I actually hand it over to dad 🙂 … I’m so exhausted after the millionth cup of water and sing me a song etc, that I am just pleased bedtime has arrived. This does look like a darling book though! 🙂 #globalblogging

    1. Author

      I just don’t have the patience for it and the million interruptions. It’s too exhausting.

  6. Author

    My son is not a fan of insects but I think this book would help with his fear! Thanks for sharing with #GlobalBlogging

  7. Author

    Finding something that is both fun and educational is a winner as far as I’m concerned! Although that bagworm makes me grateful to be living in the UK haha. Thanks so much for sharing with #DreamTeam xx

    1. Author

      haha … hideous things crawling around here.

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