Wait--and See

Wait--and See
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Age Range
4+
Release Date
May 24, 2022
ISBN
978-1536216318
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Longtime collaborators Helen Frost and Rick Lieder team up for a breathtakingly beautiful glimpse at the praying mantis—and entice us to take the time to open our eyes to the world in front of us.

The creators of Step Gently Out and many other acclaimed picture books join forces again to look closely at an iconic insect through lyric words and stunning nature photography. When you are outside, if a small quick movement takes you by surprise, stop and look—move nothing but your eyes. Could it be a praying mantis, trying not to be seen? This sixth stunning collaboration between Helen Frost and Rick Lieder urges young readers into the wild outdoors, inviting them to “wait and see” what wonders patient observation has in store.

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Observing Nature
Overall rating
 
4.7
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
4.0
‘Wait—and See’ by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder is full of amazing photographs of praying mantises. Nature is always something to marvel at, and this book goes along with that theme, sharing images of this insect and telling a short, but engaging tale about it. The praying mantis itself is brown and green, and it does its utmost not to be seen. It’s similar to a staring game, and it makes one wonder if the praying mantis would break first or the person looking at it. However, if it wants to eat, it won’t matter if someone is there, because it will snatch at its prey so it has something to feed on to alleviate its hunger.

The sheer number of praying mantises that come from one egg case is astounding, though upon reading further about this insect, it seems only a small number survive.

The lyrical, rhyming nature of the book is engaging, allowing readers to connect with the images all the more. The final page of the book also includes some additional information about the photographs and the praying mantises themselves, encouraging readers to do more research, observe more of their surroundings, and never hesitate to ask questions that pique their curiosity.
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The lyrical, rhyming nature of the book is engaging, allowing readers to connect with the images all the more. The final page of the book also includes some additional information about the photographs and the praying mantises themselves, encouraging readers to do more research, observe more of their surroundings, and never hesitate to ask questions that pique their curiosity.
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