Searching for Cicadas
Walker Books, 2019
32pp., hbk., RRP $A26.99
It is one of the distinctive sounds of summer in Australia and Grandpa and Child are going in search of its creator – the cicada. Packing up their tent and other supplies in the little wagon, they head off to Apex Reserve to wait and watch with the other families. At sunset the noise starts – the male calling for a mate – and the hunt begins. Last year they saw Green Grocers, Yellow Monday sand a Floury Baker. Will they be lucky this year and find the elusive Black Prince?
Packed with facts both in the story and in the accompanying information paragraphs, this is another in the stunning Nature Storybooks collection that teaches our young readers about our unique fauna within the context of a picture book story. In this case it highlights one of those special relationships children have with adults, that when they themselves are an adult, they will look back on with fond memories and perhaps try to replicate them with their own offspring. I know my memories of time spent with my grandfather have shaped my relationships with my granddaughters.
As well as the information within the story, there is also a summary about the cicada and an index to take the reader back to the relevant pages so that even from a very young age, little ones can begin to understand the structure of non fiction and how to use it to learn more.
Fact or fiction? This is a line-crosser that is quite simply, brilliant. Loved it (even though I’m not a fan of anything with more than four legs.)