PIPSIE, NATURE DETECTIVE
The Disappearing Caterpillar
By: Rick DeDonato
Illustrated By: Tracy Bishop
Published: March 31, 2015
Publisher: Two Lions
I absolutely love books that teach children somcthing through the telling of a story. These were the kind of books I chose for our children when they were younger and the ones I go back to when giving gifts.
Pipsie is a sweet girl who, along with her pet turtle, Alfred, share lessons about nature. Pipsie and her turtle meet a new friend, Frannie the caterpillar, who suddenly disappears. They are determined to find out the mystery of what happened to Frannie. As Frannie and Alfred explore nature looking for clues about Frannie, children will learn about the wonders of nature. Children will be excited to turn the pages and find out the mystery to Frannie’s disappearance.
The illustrations fill the pages and are brightly colored. Pipsie, Alfred, and Frannie’s personalities show not only in their conversations, but in the delightful creations on each page.
I have no doubt children will love following along with Pipsie and her detective excursions. This would be perfect for preschool-elementary aged children. I could also see teachers using this book in the classroom for a unit on insects. I certainly hope that Pipsie continues to explore nature and share her stories with us.
Rick DeDonato started writing and drawing storybooks for his two kids, Alexis and Matt, when they were little. They’re grown now, but Rick is still creating stories! When he’s not dreaming up adventures for Pipsie, he’s an award-winning creative director in advertising. Born in New Jersey, he now lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with Nancy McAleer; their two dogs, Tugger and Nacho; and their turtle, Alfred E. Turtle. For coloring pages and other fun activities, check out the website, http://www.pipsienaturedetective.com/. You can also find PIPSIE on Facebook, HERE.
Tracy Bishop won an art contest in kindergarten, and she’s been creating art ever since. A graduate of San Jose State University, she is also the illustrator of Not the Quitting Kind by Sarra J. Roth. She lives in San Jose, California, where she is inspired on a daily basis by her son, husband, and a hairy dog named Harry.
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