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My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis
by Paul Meisel
Paul Meisel, Illustrator

Reinforced | 40 pages | 9 x 11 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823436712 | 02-28-2017

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Science & Nature, Writing, Humor
Recommendations: A, H, K, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
W.3.1,2,3,4,5,7,8,10
RI.3.1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10
RL.3.1,3,4,5,6,7,10
L.3.3,3a,4,4a,4c,5,5a,5b,5c,6
RF.3.3,3b,3c,3d,4,4a,4c
SL.3.1,1c,1d,2,4,5,6

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With bold, beautiful art and a text both humorous and scientifically accurate, MY AWESOME SUMMER BY P. MANTIS introduces young children to the life cycle of a praying mantis. "May 17: I was born today! It's a beautiful, sunny spring day!" This is the diary of P. Mantis, one of 150 brothers and sisters born on a garden bush. P. Mantis is an amazing insect: she can make herself look like a stick to hide from predators, she can swivel her head all the way around, and when she's grown up, she'll even be able to fly! Told in dated entries, P. Mantis describes the entirety of her life, sharing the fun and beauty of her world as well its little ups and downs ("I ate one of my brothers. Okay, maybe two.").


★★★THE REVIEWS ARE IN!★★★

"Meisel leads his reader through three seasons with this fascinating critter . . . with illustrations that lead a reader into the large happenings of the smallest of worlds."—The New York Times

"The bright, large-scale illustrations are full of details, which readers will likely delight in poring over, especially in wide-angle scenes where P. Mantis might be harder to spot. Perfect for fans of Doreen Cronin’s Diary of a Worm (2003) or readers who like education with a dose of entertainment."—Booklist

"A fun and fascinating read."—Kirkus Reviews

"Meisel uses gorgeous, vividly painted illustrations and a gentle text to share the story of the life cycle of a praying mantis. [A] perfect introduction.—School Library Journal



Educators' Guide
MY AWESOME SUMMER BY P. MANTIS
An educator's guide featuring classroom activities and suggestions for further exploration.