Invites readers to sharpen their observation skills. . . Children will undoubtedly feel compelled to make up fun stories for these personality-filled creepy-crawlies. . . . A reminder of the wonders we can see in nature if we slow down and pay attention.
Amazing detail of the plants—showing petals and pistons—and photographs of the praying mantis combined with rhythmic text will draw readers in. . . . A strong first purchase.
—School Library Journal
Between Frost’s advice (“Be still and quiet, / watching”) and Lieder’s photographs, children may be able to start spotting the alien-looking yet beautiful creatures in the wild.
—The Horn Book
The tone of the poem is one of wonder and mindfulness. . . . Kids fascinated by backyard wildlife will appreciate this lyrical offering, which will work well in both poetry units and early science classes.
The photographs in ‘Wait – and See’ are stunning, clear and close-up, lingering on the alien eyes and powerful legs of the praying mantis. This ode to the strange creature – told in a book-length poem – is an invitation to step outside and let curiosity be your guide.
—The Virginian Pilot
Helen Frost’s spare poetry is paired beautifully with the spectacular closeup photography of Rick Lieder in this gorgeous book revealing the hidden world of the praying mantis.
—The Buffalo News