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Bugs for Breakfast: How Eating Insects Could Help Save the Planet (Paperback)
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Most North Americans would rather squish a bug than eat it.
But roasted grubs are a favorite in Australia, the Batswana eat live termites, and stir-fried dragonflies are a delicacy in Indonesia. More than one-fourth of the world’s population eats insects—a practice called entomophagy. Bugs for Breakfast helps middle-grade readers understand the role insects fill in feeding people around the world.
Readers will be introduced to the insect specialties and traditions of various countries. They'll discover how nutritious bugs can be and why dining on insects is more environmentally friendly than eating traditional protein sources. Kids will see how making small changes in their own diets could help ensure no one goes hungry. It even includes 12 insect recipes!
No doubt about it: teachers, librarians, and parents are hungry for books that entice young readers to be active participants in science.
Bugs for Breakfast may not completely remove the yuck-factor from the notion of eating bugs, but it will open young readers’ minds to what is happening in the world around them.
About the Author
Mary Boone has ridden an elephant, jumped out of an airplane, and baked dozens of cricket cookies—all in the interest of research for her books and magazine articles. She's written more than 50 nonfiction books for young readers, ranging from inventor biographers to how-to craft guides. Mary grew up on a farm in Iowa and spent many years writing and editing for daily newspapers. She now lives in Tacoma, Washington.