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Chapter 1
Planning

Chapter 2
Promoting

Chapter 3: Backyard Safari

Ideas Suggested

Backyard Nature Journal: Tracking Bugs
Bug collecting, bugs as pets
Bug identification “What’s That Bug?”
Collecting jar or net
Fireflies
Grasshoppers
Underground: worms, composting, Dig It!

Chapter 4: A Bug’s Life

Ideas Suggested

Attracting bugs
Beneficial bugs
Bug identification
Bug Scientists
Butterflies
Honeybees
Insect and pond ecology
Insect camouflage
Life-cycles
Metamorphosis
State insects

Chapter 5: Creepy Crawly Critters

Ideas Suggested

Ants
Beetles
Cockroaches
Other crawling bugs
Picnic in the park
Spiders
Spider and other insect folklore (Ananse, Arachne, scarab beetles)


Chapter 6: Flutter, Buzz and Zoom

Ideas Suggested

Butterflies
Dragonflies
Fireflies
Flying Bugs
House Flies
Ladybugs

Chapter 7: The Good, The Bad and the (B)ugly

Ideas Suggested

Bugs under the microscope
Cockroaches
Edible bugs
Giant bugs
Gross bugs
Killer bugs
Scary bugs
Stink bugs

Chapter 8: Adult and Family Programs

Ideas Suggested

Create a butterfly garden
Go on a field trip (insect hunting)
Nighttime insect walk
 

About the Artist

Well known to adults as a regular cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine, Harry Bliss grew up in Upstate New York amidst a family of successful painters and illustrators. Mr. Bliss went on to study painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, illustration at the University of the Arts and Syracuse University. Mr. Bliss has illustrated numerous children's books, among them Doreen Cronin's Diary of a Worm, Marc Gellman's And God Cried, Too: A Kid's Book of Healing and Hope, Alison McGhee's Countdown to Kindergarten, and Which Would You Rather Be?, by award-winning children's author William Steig. A Publishers Weekly reviewer commented that the "droll watercolor illustrations" Bliss contributed to Diary of a Worm "are a marvel" because the artist "gives each worm an individual character with a few deft lines." He began his career as a freelance artist for magazines while he was still in college earning his undergraduate degree in illustration. His first book-illustration project, Sharon Creech's A Fine, Fine School, was an instant success, marking what a Publishers Weekly contributor dubbed an "impressive debut" for the cartoonist.

Visit the Harry Bliss website for more information:
http://www.harrybliss.com

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