The first of these spreads features a group of children observing an incredible variety of moths attracted to a white sheet illuminated by a special light. What an experience!
Let’s take a closer look at Loree’s text:
The number of moths might be small at first. Be patient. On a warm night, moths become more active as the night gets darker and the hour gets later.
Some people never, not once in their whole lives, connect with moths this way. So take your time. Soak it all in.
And don’t forget to check the sugar bait. There might be more moths to meet.
Party on, friends! Be kind to your guests. Watch them sip homemade nectar, and marvel at how they do it.
There are so many things to love about the way Loree has written this book. While direct address can sometimes seem heavy handed or even didactic, in this book, it contributes beautifully to the gentle, friendly, invitational voice. Even though the language is remarkably simple, each word has been carefully chosen to instill a sense of wonder and awe, which will undoubtedly inspire many young readers to begin planning a moth ball of their own.
After reading the book, I wondered what inspired Loree to write about a moth ball rather than a more general survey book about months. I also wanted to know how and why she decided to employ a narrative writing style.
Here’s what Loree had to say:
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