New Picture Book Tells an Adventurous Insect Story and Audio Version Teaches Fascinating Facts About Insects and Their Roles in the Ecosystem

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A curious young girl’s encounter with insects and her realization of the similarities between busy adults and busy bees.

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In The Errand and Stinkbugs and Grasshoppers Green, author Carolyn Binkley tells a rhyming story about a curious, yet clumsy young girl who runs an errand for her mom. Set in rural surroundings, she is sent to a neighbor’s house and encounters a family of stinkbugs, a bumblebee, a katydid, a grasshopper and a swarm of honeybees along the way. At the end of the story, she realizes how grownups, distracted by responsibilities, often seem not to notice the presence of these amazing creatures. This simple children’s story takes readers on a journey with a distractible young girl whose curiosity and fascination with insects leads her to discover their charming, alluring, and appealing characteristics.

Filled with colorful illustrations and whimsical rhyme, The Errand and Stinkbugs and Grasshoppers Green is an adventure story that will allow readers to see these small creatures through the eyes of a child. The book includes some interesting insect facts, allowing readers to become aware of the importance of insects in the entire ecosystem.

This book, soon available in audio version as well, will be featured at the 2012 New Jersey Library Association Book Exhibit in Atlantic City, N.J. on June 5-6, 2012.

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About the Author
Carolyn Binkley lives in the coastal town of Santa Barbara, California with her husband, two rescued dogs, one mischievous cat, and six happy hens. Carolyn recalls, “As a child, most of my days were filled with outdoor adventures, exploring gardens, fields, trees, rocks, and any nook-and-cranny that might be a good place to find a creature. I saved as many impaired or trouble insects as I could and studied their habits at a respectful distance, most of the time. I learned the hard way (after about four consecutive attempts to grab hold of a honeybee) that, unlike my cousin Russell, I was not able to recognize which bees did not have stingers. I loved the study of insects and invertebrates in college. And despite my unwarranted fear of spiders the first thirty years of my life, I grew more and more curious, and eventually almost fearless of these fascinating, diverse and talented eight-legged trapeze artists. When my children were born, critter boxes and critter books could be found in nearly every room. Their curiosity and love for creatures brought me back to my childhood days. I remembered favorite stories and poems about insects, caterpillars, spiders, toads and so many other animals. I recalled pictures I had drawn and stories and poems I had written about various creatures I encountered. This story is about me, about my children, and hopefully about the child in all of us. The insect facts came from reading, observing, studying and consulting with entomologist Dr. Michael Caterino.”

The Errand and Stinkbugs and Grasshoppers Green details a young girl’s distractions with insects as she journeys through her neighbor’s yard on an errand. Writing this story, Carolyn was reminded of her own adventurous childhood and her life-long curiosity of creatures, great and small.

The Errand and Stinkbugs and Grasshoppers Green

  • by Carolyn Binkley

Publication Date: March 14, 2012
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4691-6096-2

To request a complimentary paperback review copy, contact the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

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