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Mad About Minibeasts

Written by Giles Andreae
Illustrated by David Wojtowycz

Suitable for: 0-5 years, 5-7 years (Key stage 1), Teachers

Available braille grades: Grade 1, Grade 2

This fact book is a gentle fun guide to creepy crawlies, garden grubs and minibeasts! There is a colourful tactile picture of each minibeast and a rhyme describing it. We’ve added music, sound effects and ideas for fun activities to make the book even more interactive for young children. This fact book is a great pre-school/infants educational resource. Also perfect for home-schooling, project work and reading for pleasure.

It includes the picture book Mad About Minibeasts! by Giles Andreae and illustrated by David Wojtowycz: Meet the minibeasts in this engaging collection of insect-themed poems by Giles Andreae. These simple, cheerful and humorous rhymes about all the familiar insects you might encounter in your garden are great fun to read together, and also make a good introduction to learning about the world around us.


Listen to an audio clip

The beetle's body is bright green with green and yellow stripes. Feel over its semi-circular shape. This is actually a hard covering called a wing case. Beetles can fly and have wings hidden under this protective armour. Can you feel the raised horizontal lines on its back? The top one is yellow, the one underneath is green, then yellow and then green. Trace carefully underneath its body to find its thin bent black legs. Can you count them? It has six legs which mean that it's an insect. Now feel over its green face on the right.

What's inside

  • A picture book with braille.
  • A collection of colourful painted, raised tactile pictures.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • Guidance notes for parents and teachers to help you make the most of using this book.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Snail, two slugs and worm underground
Spider on web and two flies
Stick insect, ant, earwig and beetle
Cocoon, butterfly, caterpillar and ladybird on leaf
Bee, flower, dragonfly, grasshopper and centipede

What our members say

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Loved the songs and activities - shared with the class The child I was working with really enjoyed this book. She enjoyed the songs and activities such as wearing a cardboard box and pretending to be a snail and her peers joined in with her making it a shared activity.

This pack was a huge help with learning at home My daughters topic this term was minibeasts and this pack was a huge help with her learning at home whilst she couldn’t go into school. She particularly loved the dancing like all the creatures activity! Parent
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