The Beetle and the Berry
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Received Readers’ Favorite 5-star review. This story was originally published in “Ladybug” and is based on a true event witnessed in nature. Now with all-new illustrations.
One day, tiny Arthur the Beetle finds a large, juicy berry, big enough to feed him for a week. Excited by his discovery, he begins pushing it home, planning how much he is going to like eating the berry. Then suddenly, his berry gets stuck, and Arthur the Beetle has to figure out how to free it.
Sometimes approaching a problem straight ahead just will not work. There are times when a problem can only be resolved by backing off, and approaching it from a new direction. This is a difficult life lesson for most children to learn, but “The Beetle and the Berry” makes this concept easy for children to understand. Appropriate for ages 3-6.
Children will root for the tiny beetle, and, without knowing it, will be learning problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
What I like about the story is that, though simple and charming, it has an underlying message that is strong and applicable to every stage in life. The illustrations are colorful and they give good clarity to the concept and the author’s words. It is a good storybook that can be used in classrooms for read aloud sessions because of its message. The author does an excellent job of weaving in an important message through a simple story. Arthur’s character is likeable and inspiring. Parents and grandparents can use this for bedtime storytelling too. Books like this are useful to children to help them grow with a good perspective about living, and to teach them perseverance and patience. –Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite
This is a sweet little book that is perfect for a quick bedtime read. The colors are very bold, bright, and saturated (great for holding interest level in little tykes). There is a great problem-solving lesson in the story that is subtle.