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Reviewed by Amy Louise Hill for Readers' Favorite
What Loretta's Katydid Did by Lois Wickstrom is an entertaining and educational picture book for young children. One day, a young girl named Loretta is visited by her grandmother. Loretta's "Grammie Stella" brings her a little tree, but not just any tree - an orange tree. Loretta is overjoyed with the gift and can't wait to learn how to take care of it. As she gets a closer look, Loretta notices some bugs that pose a threat to the life of the tree, and her school science project. Loretta loves insects and refuses to rid the tree of them. After a few days, Loretta checks up on her tree and sees that most of the bugs are gone, but where? She takes a closer look and sees another type of bug, one that is camouflaged among the leaves. Loretta gives the bug a name and watches as nature takes its course. What bug do you think is hiding in the leaves and will Loretta's tree make it long enough for her science project?
What Loretta's Katydid Did was a fun and unusual book to read. Children are going to learn a lot from this detailed story of a Katydid. Before reading this book, I didn't even know what one was. It shows how talented children's author Lois Wickstrom is, as she can incorporate lessons into her entertaining stories so effortlessly. As well as a nice storyline, the book also has beautiful illustrations hand-drawn by Francie Mion, who has done an outstanding job in creating them. The writing has been kept simple, allowing it to be read smoothly. Congrats on the book, Lois, I'm confident it will be a success.