Sounds and Tastes A Review of Noisy Bug Sing-Along by John Himmelman and What’s in the Garden? by Marianne Berkes

Kids will delight in hearing readers make funny noises as they “sing” along with the insects featured in Noisy Bug Sing-Along (Dawn Publications) written and illustrated by John Himmelman. The book introduces a wealth of rarely featured bugs from tree crickets that “ring like a telephone,” to the squeaking tiger moth, to the tick-tick-tick-ing, zee zee zee-ing bush katydid. Colorful pictures depict larger-than-life bugs that seem to hover and dance, and information at the end includes insect sound waves and ideas for imitations.

What’s in the Garden? By Marianne Berkes has story listeners answering a series of gardening riddles. Each rhyming page asks a question…i.e., “You plant them in rows and each forms a head / Or else you can grow the “leaf” kind instead…” The answer is discovered on the following page, complete with a relevant kid-friendly recipe, like applesauce, green salad or carrot muffins. Illustrations by Cris Arbo feature glorious summer gardens buzzing with life and kids enjoying their healthy snacks. The rhymes are inspired, the images inviting and the connections drawn between growing and eating perfect for encouraging the consumption of fresh fruits and veggies.