Finding friends isn't easy when no one can find you! Heidi is a stick insect, long and thin like the twig of a tree. It's her first day at Bug School, where she hopes to learn lots and make new friends. But no one will talk to her... and no one will play with her at lunch. No one notices her at all — not even her teacher Miss Orb. Perhaps she's blending in with the branches a little too well!
Finally, Heidi speaks up for herself and Miss Orb comes up with a plan to help Heidi stand out. Author/illustrator Aura Parker's imaginative forest world provides an excellent backdrop for a story about what it's like to feel invisible — and making sure that everyone in your school feels welcome.
"Readers will empathize with [Heidi], her crossed arms (all four of them), hunched shoulders, and drooped face expressing her emotion clearly (if they can spy her!). It’s not until Miss Orb teaches weaving and Scarlett, a ladybug, goes searching for interesting items to add to her project that Heidi (mistaken for a twig) is finally discovered. Miss Orb has the perfect welcoming activity: weaving a colorful scarf for Heidi so she’s not so hidden. It’s just the ticket for helping her feel part of the group.... Parker’s watercolor, colored pencil, artline pens, and digital compositions are quite delicate and detailed, her bug school delightfully analogous to children’s own." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||4 - 8|
|Publication Date||Jul 3, 2018|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers|