Mr. Fabre’s Insect Class 2: The Joy of Studying Insects

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Mr. Fabre’s Insect Class 2: The Joy of Studying Insects
Author: Daisaburō Okumoto
Illustrator: Kōhei Yamashita
Specifications: ISBN  978-4591154793
175 pages
20.6 x 20.6 cm / 8.2 x 8.2 in (WxH)
Category: Children & YA
Publisher: Poplar Publishing Co., Ltd.
Tokyo, 2017
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This is a second volume of translated extracts from French entomologist Jean-Henri Fabre’s Souvenirs entomologiques, which were originally published as installments in a series appearing in the Asahi Newspaper Elementary School Edition between October 2015 and March 2017. As in the first volume, the text is written in Fabre’s voice, as if he is speaking to the reader about the habits and ecology of the various insects. Added to details about each insect’s characteristics and behavior this time is information about the origins of its name. Each entry offers a page of commentary with colorful, manga-like illustrations on the facing page. In addition to insects in ten major families, such as mantises, scorpions, longhorn and blister beetles, dragonflies, and bagworms, there are chapters on water, singing, and overwintering insects. Interspersed among these chapters are sections titled “Mr. Fabre’s Specimen Box” that show close-up color photos of many of the insects. There is also an entry on insects as food for humans, and since one of the book’s primary objectives is to infect young readers with the joy of studying insects, there are entries relating how Fabre became interested in entomology, describing experiments he conducted, and explaining how best to observe insects.