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Searching for Cicadas : Nature Storybooks - Lesley Gibbes

Searching for Cicadas

By: Lesley Gibbes, Judy Watson (Illustrator)

Hardcover | 22 July 2019

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This lovely story about a child and their grandfather searching for cicadas is part of the award-winning narrative nonfiction Nature Storybooks series.

In the summertime, Grandpa and I go cicada-watching. We put our camping gear into my wagon and walk down to the local reserve. Last year we saw five Green Grocers, three Yellow Mondays and one Floury Baker. Can we find the rare Black Prince this year? This heartwarming nonfiction picture book is written by award-winning author Lesley Gibbes and gorgeously illustrated by Judy Watson.

Book Features:
  • This first picture book bringing together award winners Lesley Gibbes and Judy Watson showcases the wonder and beauty of cicadas as well as highlighting the common pastime of cicada-watching.
  • Told in a charming voice, this picture book portrays the wonderful relationship between child and grandparent.
  • Full of fun and interesting facts about cicadas – perfect for nature lovers and budding wildlife scientists.

About the Author

Lesley Gibbes grew up in Sydney’s Northern Beaches and Wagga Wagga in country NSW. After completing a Bachelor of Education at the University of Sydney she embarked on a successful sixteen-year teaching career in Primary Education specialising in dance, drama, debating and public speaking. She is now a multiple-award-winning, internationally published author of books for children. Nature Storybooks: Searching For Cicadas (illustrated by Judy Watson) is her first book with Walker.

About the Illustrator

Judy Watson grew up in a house behind her father’s veterinary clinic, and spent all her holidays on a farm near the beach. When she was not reading or drawing, she could be found lying in the long grass watching bugs and birds. Judy’s first picture book won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Children’s Fiction. She has illustrated over 20 books for children. She particularly enjoyed drawing Australian plants for Searching For Cicadas (written by Lesley Gibbes).
Industry Reviews

The illustrations rendered first in pencil, brush and ink, use a monotype technique before all is transferred to Photoshop for assemblage and colour. And the finished product is stunning. Readers will pore over the pages looking at the incredible detail included on each page, the depiction of Australian plants producing a chorus of wows amongst the children, while the detailed cicada will draw entreaties to go out and see them for themselves.
The relationship between grandpa and grandson is beautifully presented and the subtle layering of community gives an extra warm moment for the readers...Highly recommended

* ReadPlus *
Evocative illustrations perfectly depict the Australian bush. A fun way to learn about cicadas. * The Sunday Telegraph *
Part nonfiction and part narrative, Searching for Cicadas is an inviting story of a boy and his grandfather and their summertime excursion to go cicada-watching and is part of the Nature Storybooks series. It's a lyrical tale warmly illustrated reflecting Aussie bush landscapes and close up encounters with one of the most intriguing of our bush insect characters. Prose is interspersed with detailed fact about a number of cicada species and their fascinating habits and lifecycles * Dim's Write Stuff *

Do yourself and your kiddos a favour and seek this one in preparation for those long languid summer days and afternoon walks in the local park or bushland.

Highly recommended for readers from around 8 years upwards.

* Just So Stories *

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