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Invertebrates in Children's Books
"How many of these invertebrates, featured in children's and young adult books, do you know?"
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Jamara Bumblelily is a moth; not just any old moth, but a Moon moth. Moon moths can fly through space from the Moon to the Earth and back. Which children's book character hitches a ride to the Moon on Jamara's back?
An intriguing literary partnership is the one between "The Snail and the Whale" in the charming tale by Julia Donaldson. What makes snail different to the other snails?
She has an itchy foot
She is purple with pink polka dots on her shell
She is bigger than whale
She likes to eat ice cream
"Charlotte's Web" has long been a favourite with children, even though the end is a sad one, when Charlotte dies. Wilbur pig manages to save her egg sac, and three of her children stay with him on the farm. Which of these is NOT one of the three?
"The Wickedest Witch in the World" is one of four books by Beverley Nichols to feature Miss Smith, one of the most villainous, wickedest, baddest baddies ever written... It also features a brave little beetle who changes his allegiance and stands up for what is right, risking his life to help foil Miss Smith's evil plans. Who is this heroic beetle?
Lowly Worm was the creation of an American author who wrote over 300 books during his lifetime, which have since sold more than 300 million copies. Who is this author, whose most famous series is called "Busytown"?
H. A. Rey
In this classic picture book, the title character paints a large beetle in bright rainbow colours, and also "sword fights" the same beetle using a pin as a sword. Who is the title character?
A group of friendly invertebrates including a grasshopper, earthworm, spider, silkworm, and centipede are the heroes of Roald Dahl's much loved story "James and the Giant Peach". In the book, what becomes of the ladybird (ladybug) at the end of the story?
She flies off into the sunset and is never seen again
She marries the head of the New York Fire Department
She is given her own rose garden in Central Park
She lives with James and keeps house for him in the peach stone
In "Silver on the Tree", by Susan Cooper, Will causes a cloud of tiny moths to fly up and around his brother Stephen's head. When they fly away, they take one thing from Stephen with them; what is it?
A series of books I fondly remember from my own childhood, and also made into a television series in the late 1970s, featured a young boy who rejoiced in the name Tizzy Bugg, and his pony, Worm. Which series was this?
No quiz on children's books featuring invertebrates would be complete without "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". He has delighted generations of children all over the world, and their children in turn; but how about grandchildren? Do you know just when was this book first published?
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Compiled Jun 19 13