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A fun guide to garden grubs with Mad about Minibeasts

28th April 2016

We’re very pleased to announce that our latest picture book for blind and partially sighted pre-school and Foundation Stage children, Mad about Minibeasts, is in the library. We’re often asked to produce Touch to See books about insects so we were delighted to be able to adapt this book by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz (who also wrote the very popular The Lion Who Wanted to Love).

The illustrations are bold and colourful, and feature a host of fascinating bugs from tiny ants to slimy slugs, wriggly worms and the fluttering butterfly. The simple rhyming verse is engaging for very young children and helps them to practice their braille reading skills.

A painted feely picture of a bee, dragonfly, cricket and centipede.

We’ve given each minibeast its own track, and added lively music and basic information about the habitats, characteristics and life cycles of each creature. To help teachers in school or parents at home we’ve also added ideas for physical activities, arts and crafts, numeracy practice and games to tie in with each critter. These are described on the audio and also explained in the useful Activity Pack and Guidance Notes which accompany the book.

A colourful feely picture of a caterpillar munching a leaf, butterfly and chrysalis.

We recommend this book to help with topics in school or as a fun activity pack to stimulate educational play at home.

We are very grateful for the support of The Edward and Dorothy Cadbury Trust who funded this book to help blind and partially sighted children experience the enjoyment of reading and discovery.

Borrow Mad about Minibeasts and the Lion who Wanted to Love from our library.

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