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The Case of the Vanishing Caterpillar

A Gumboot Kids Nature Mystery

by (author) Eric Hogan & Tara Hungerford

Publisher
Firefly Books
Initial publish date
Sep 2019
Category
General, Interactive Adventures, Imagination & Play
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780228101932
    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
    List Price
    $19.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780228101949
    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
    List Price
    $6.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2

Description

As Scout tends to his garden he notices something is missing -- his caterpillar friend has vanished! But where did she go? Join Scout and Daisy as they search for clues to solve the Case of the Vanishing Caterpillar.

Titles in The Gumboot Kids series:

INTRODUCING THE GUMBOOT KIDS

A celebration of nature, curiosity, discovery and mindfulness!

Adapted from the award-winning TV show The Gumboot Kids comes this outstanding new series of nature mystery books that celebrate the joy and wonder of mindfully exploring the natural world.

Perfect for inquisitive young minds, The Gumboot Kids' nature mysteries feature beloved characters, Scout and Daisy, working through a series of clues in order to crack the case. In each mystery Scout and Daisy affirm their findings with a trip to the library where they verify the evidence they've gathered in nature and solve the mystery before having a mindful moment to reflect on their journey.

With beautifully rendered and painstakingly detailed art, Scout and Daisy's adventures are also a visual feast that will have kids poring over the pages time and time again.

Each book concludes with two pages of field notes on the mystery subject, as well as a nature craft inspired by the mystery, for kids to try at home.

About the Show
Winner of numerous awards and an award finalist for the two most prestigious awards for kid's entertainment -- the Japan Prize (2018) and the Prix Jeunesse International (2018) -- The Gumboot Kids (120 episodes across three time formats) is seen widely across Canada, Australia, South Korea and the United States ... and its viewership is growing. The Gumboot Kids won a Parents' Choice Award, and the show is also approved by the Dove Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage and promote the creation, production, distribution and consumption of wholesome family entertainment.

"The Gumboot Kids is creating a 'new normal' for an entire generation. This pioneering series transports young children into the practice of mindfulness and the magic of nature. The values of gratitude, appreciation and respect will stay with young viewers throughout a lifetime, creating a world we all want to live in."
--Sandra de Castro Buffington, Founding Director, Global Media Center for Social Impact, UCLA

 

About the authors

Contributor Notes

Eric Hogan and Tara Hungerford are a husband-and-wife team who run Imagine Create Media and are the creators of The Gumboot Kids. They live and create with their two children in Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

Editorial Reviews

A fun book about nature and being mindful of the environment.

Kids Bookshelf Blog

(starred review) Adapted from the TV show The Gumboot Kids, this series of books celebrates the joy and wonder of mindfully exploring the natural world. As Scout tends to his garden he notices something is missing -- his caterpillar friend has vanished! But where did she go? Join Scout and Daisy as they search for clues to solve the mystery.

Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens 2020

With field notes, and crafts, these books are perfect for young outdoor enthusiasts.

Calgary Herald

I'm always advocating the importance of fostering a love of nature in the very young, so welcome this series which clearly aims to get young children outdoors and eager to discover more about the world around them; these stories are certainly engaging and contain just the right amount of information in the narrative to spark their curiosity.

Red Reading Hub

Winner, 2019 Best Canadian Picture Books

CBC Kids Books

Each book encourages research and productivity with facts and projects... Kids will want to collect them all. Whether as a family time adventure with your young ones or as a peer-based experience among older children, these are great books to have on hand!

Midwest Book Review

These books are beautiful, with full page artwork that captures the eye and attention... There is so much within the pages to inspire creativity and learning... Scout and the Gumboot Kids and the series, both on television and the books by Firefly Books are such a great resource for kids to learn, and entertaining and cute to boot!

Still Life, With Cracker Crumbs Blog

A great series to help interest and educate young children in exploring the world around them.

School Library Journal

A most charming and instructive collection of nature mystery books which encourages children to head outside and discover their natural world... Extensive educational curriculum guides have also been assembled to accompany each of the titles... Scout and Daisy act as motivating nature guides as they introduce readers to memorable learning encounters via conversations, questions and research. A meticulously created miniature community consisting of a village, forests, gardens, hills and valleys serve as a rich environment in which they explore... Outstanding new series.

Canadian Childrens Book News

The illustrations are full of details to be examined, and the posed rodent friends do have a real appearance of life to them... Instead of just passively providing youngsters with science facts, the books in "A Gumboot Kids Nature Mystery" actively engage readers in their learning. Overall, this series is an excellent age-appropriate introduction to a number of science-related topics. Highly Recommended.

Canadian Review of Materials

Nice, educational nature series for children.

Hamilton Spectator

The stories feature two adorable mice... The amazing depictions are full of life-like detail.

City Parent Magazine

Follow the story that will reveal that nature is in constant change and nothing stays the same. Understand the caterpillar's cycle of life with beautiful and easy-to-follow graphics. The attention to the small details of the three-dimensional characters in the Gumboot Kids Nature Mystery series makes the stories enchanting as well as fascinating to look at. In the latter pages, readers are encouraged to step out into nature to find materials to create their own crafts. This would be a great opportunity for teachers to extend their teaching beyond their classrooms. Kids ages 4-7 will enjoy following the exciting nature mysteries of Scout and Daisy!

Green Teacher Magazine

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