Step Gently Out by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder is a quiet meditation about observing the small wonders to be found in nature. By quietly watching an array of insects such as crickets, moths, praying mantis, bees and others on a blade of grass or flower, the reader is drawn into a beautiful world of creatures captured in a single moment that gives us the opportunity to observe them.
This book does not embrace the drama of Bug Shots: the Good, the Bad and the Bugly by Alexander Siy. Gotta love this opening paragraph:
"Bugs bite. Some drink blood. Bugs rob. They steal food from gardens and fields. Bugs kill -- mostly each other, but also plants, animals, even people sometimes. Bugs destroy.
They eat houses, clothes, and furniture. Bugs bug."
Glorious, photographic close-ups of the insects display their beauty, complimenting the accompanying, elegant poem. There is an easing of the day into night then into early morning. The photo of a dew laden spider web lit with the rising sun is stunning.
All the insects are identified with a bit of information about their characteristics and habits at the back of the book.
I don’t have a lot to say about this book except that you won’t be disappointed when you spend some quiet moments with it. Then go outside to see what you can see and savor.
For us snowbound people, you’ll have to wait until next spring to watch for insects, but you might want to consider what happens to insects during the winter with Bugs & Bugsicles: Insects In the Winter by Amy Hansen. Connecting to nature in winter is different but not impossible.