In this new Masterpiece Adventure, the second in a companion series for younger readers from bestselling author Elise Broach, Marvin the beetle is going collecting with his family to find discarded things that the beetles can put to use: a thumbtack, a used piece of gum, a shiny quarter. . . . All is well and good until Uncle Albert gets pricked by tiny cuticle scissors and is hurt. Marvin needs James's help to save Uncle Albert. It's a race against the clock-will James come to the rescue in time?
I gave this book to my 10 year old lad to read, but he returned it saying it was too easy and not moving fast enough for him so "could I read it for him?"
It was a very simple read, intriguing enough to cause me to want to finish. i can see young readers enjoying this story along with the multitude of simple line drawings that help tell the story.
The story actually had a surprise ending, and both friends ended up helping each other.
Now.. if you are going for realism... this is not the book for you. The beetles are more human like in what they say and do and how they live than they are like.. you know.. real beetles. For but for early reader book... it works. :)
To that end here are some studies you might want to look at with your students:
June Beetle Lapbook.
All about beetles.
Gift of curiousity unit study on beetles.
Oklahoma Homeschool - insects.
The Teacher's Corner.