My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis
by Paul Meisel
Holiday House, 2017
Through a cleverly written journal by P. Mantis, we follow his life. From the day he was born, May 17, to the time he leaves his short life, October 17. We meet his 150 brothers and sisters who devour plants and are devoured by birds. P Mantis pretends to be a stick and survives attacks by his predators. He loves summer and shares his escapades, but then fall arrives and he beings to move more slowly. He returns to where he was born and lays eggs, which will be born next spring. The story gently closes, with “I’m going to lie down now and take a long nap. Good-bye!”
Mantis’ voice is upbeat and kid-like so early readers can follow along and see P. Mantis’ life through P. Mantis’ eyes. A great way to introduce children to a single insect’s life cycle. On the inside pages, adults will find more details about P. Mantis’, including websites.