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Am I an Insect?
Am I an Insect?

Am I an Insect?

By Kristine Duehl, Illustrated by Katy Castronovo

Budding Biologist


40 Pages, 8.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, Cloth

Trade Paper, $9.99 (US $9.99) (CA $10.95)

Publication Date: June 2012

ISBN 9780985548100

Rights: US & CA

Budding Biologist (Jun 2012)

Out of Stock. Cloth edition is available.


With colorful and accurate illustrations designed to engage young readers, this book implements an inquiry-style teaching method that discusses the characteristics that differentiate insects from other organisms. By asking if each illustration shows an insect before providing information on each animal and how its characteristics do or do not classify it as an insect, the book encourages readers to participate, from counting the number of legs a creature has to identifying its body parts. Finishing with a summary of all insect characteristics, it asks the reader to decide if a snail is an insect based on what they have learned throughout the book. The inquiry style demonstrated throughout has been shown to be one of the most effective ways of engaging readers in the subject material and to teach children scientific thinking, making it easy for them to find characteristics of insects without adult assistance.

Author Biography

Kristine Duehl has a PhD in biology with a specialty in plant-insect interactions. She is trained in inquiry-based science education and has published peer-reviewed articles on the subject. She lives in Davis, California. Katy Castronovo is an artist and illustrator who uses a variety of techniques in her work, including photography, painting, drawing, and carving. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa.