Nonna’s Corner: The Alphabet of Bugs by Valerie Gates and Ann Cutting

June 10th, 2015 Kimberly Review 17 Comments

10th Jun

Welcome to Nonna’s Corner. Today I am sharing The Alphabet Bugs: An ABC Book by Valerie Gates and Ann Cutting. Grab a cup of coffee and check out my thoughts on this colorful, squirmy, tongue twister of a book.

Nonna's Corner


Nonna’s Corner: The Alphabet of Bugs by Valerie Gates and Ann Cutting
The Alphabet of Bugs
by Ann Cutting, Valerie Gates
Pages: 56
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

Do you know what a Chrysina resplendens or a Papilionidae butterfly looks like? Travel through the alphabet with The Alphabet of Bugs to learn about the many beautiful and unusually named bugs found in nature—and brush up on those ABCs as well! Valerie Gates’s charming alliterative style paired with Ann Cutting’s stunning photographs of all types of bugs is sure to delight curious children and adults alike. Children who already know their basic bugs will broaden their horizons, and parents who are tired of simple butterflies and beetles will find this book worth rereading. Spectacular photographs of insects of all kinds will inspire children to learn more about the different creatures found in the natural world. And while children learn about bugs, they are also learning the alphabet through silly sentences. This is an ideal gift for new parents and for young nature-loving children!

Learning your ABC’s has never been more fun..from the vivid pictures of bugs to the tongue twisters accompanying each photo in The Alphabet of Bugs. Each page opens with the Letter of the Alphabet on the left side of the page and a tongue twister and on the right side a colorful picture of a BUG! Unusual bugs, dare I say beautiful bugs. They are detailed and quickly caught my granddaughter’s eye. The bugs are placed on colored backgrounds and the sentences teach not only the bug name, but a unique color as well. For example, “Mason Wasp Magnificently mimics Moccasin” or “Katydid keenly kicks Keppel” The book is intended for preschool to kindergarten but will require a parent who is good at pronunciation to read them. My husband and son enjoyed reading this as much as Sophia liked the pictures.

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17 Responses to “Nonna’s Corner: The Alphabet of Bugs by Valerie Gates and Ann Cutting”

  1. Teddyree

    I spend a lot more time in the childrens’ section of the bookstore now that I have a granddaughter to buy for. I think this one would be a great read and besides the best place for most bugs is in a book 😉 … my son would beg to differ, he was always the one collecting bugs in his bed *shudder*

  2. Elizabeth

    So many kids go through a “bug phase” this would be a perfect gift for one of them! My nephews are 20 now, and actually scream when they see spiders (learned from their mother) but they would have loved this when they were younger.

  3. Kay

    I think this is a cool way to learn your ABCs but I am not a fan of bugs myself. haha

  4. Lindy

    I love tongue twisters! They are so much fun to read. Alphabet books are such a great way for kids to learn their ABC’s! Pretty illustrations! I think my daughter would enjoy this book.

  5. kindlemom1

    Fun idea using bugs, I love it and I have a little girl that would have adored this at a younger age. She still loves bugs!

  6. Braine Talk Supe

    Oh how unique! My nephew is turning 6 and he’s at that age where he gets bored easily especially when he’s familiar with the usual object associated with the letters. Bugs are cool and so are the tongue twisters. I will check if they have this in our library.

  7. Megan McDade

    This looks like a great book to learn your ABC’s. I think a lot of little boys who hate learning would love this as it has all the different bugs.

  8. Grace

    This one looks great, especially because my daughter is super interested in bugs right now (because they are out in full force in the yard!)