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Book Review/Giveaway: Nature’s Yucky! 2 Ends July 24th


About the Book: Lucy’s Hero—Remembering Paul Wellstone by Karen I. Shragg, illustrated by Bryan Klotz.
Lucy is a Minnesota farm girl who met Paul Wellstone when he came to her small town in his green bus on his campaign for senator. Lucy helps out with the next Wellstone campaign, and she and her family are horrified by the plane crash that kills Paul and his wife Sheila. The family drives to St. Paul and Lucy finds some solace among the masses of grieving people. Months later, the inspiration Lucy received from Paul has grown into something more and provides an affirming end to this uplifting story. Short biographies of Paul and Sheila are included at the end.

My Review: As written on the first page of this wonderful story, “Heroes are usually people we only read about in history books or see on the news. Heroes do something special that helps other, often people they don’t even know. The best heroes make the world a better place for years after they’ve gone….”

As we read about Lucy’s Hero remembering Paul Wellstone a Senator of Minnesota, we learn about how Lucy wrote a note to the Senator when their crops got damage in the flood. She needed him to help not only her family but the farmers whose crops were also flooded from a week of non stop rain with government assistant. Senator Wellstone visited the town and saw the damage the flood has caused and he assured the farmers that he will write a bill to release emergency funds right away.

Lucy was asked by Senator Paul Wellstone to travel to Washington, D.C and be by his side when he speaks before Congress about the emergency flood aid for the farmers. The emergency assistance bill was passed and the farmers can now live on until the following year.
This story not only remember the life of a respected senator who tragically die in a plane crash with his wife, daughter, but this story will inspire children that they are not too young to get involved with their community and become a humanitarian. Read about the Senator Paul Wellstone at the end of the book.

Ages: 4 and up
Pages: 32

About the Book: Nature’s Yucky! 2: the Desert Southwest by Lee Ann Landstrom and Karen I. Shragg, illustrated by Rachel Rogge
This follow-up to the disgustingly popular Nature’s Yucky! Takes young naturalists and other lovers of foul facts and icky information on an expedition to the American Southwest. Nature’s Yucky! 2 introduces readers to sixteen desert creatures and vividly answers such scintillating scientific questions as: How does the regal horned lizard squirt blood from its eyes? Why do dung beetles eat poop? Why does the piglike javelina smell like stinky socks? Astonishingly detailed illustrations capture not just Mother Nature’s revolting qualities but her stunning beauty. With its “Eeewww!!! That’s YUCKY” refrain, the book is especially fun for reading aloud. Serious scholars will enjoy gathering further information about each animal in the “More Fun Facts” section. Those with an appetite for further yuckiness can use the kid-friendly recipe for raven-gut upside-down cake or sing the Nature’s Yucky!” song. There is also a list of books and Web sites to encourage further scientific exploration.

Awards:’s “Children’s Picture Book: Paperback Non-Fiction” Best Books award 2007; Southwest Book Award, Border Regional Library Association; National Association of Interpretation Media Awards.

My Review: Children will find Nature’s Yucky! 2 an interesting book to read, boys especially will love to learn about the different animals and reptiles from the Southwest of America. Learn about the 16 desert creatures and the answers to such scintillating scientific questions asked in the book.

Learn about the Regal Horned Lizards, Camel Crickets, Kangaroo Rats, Sonoran Skinks, Red Satyr Butterflies, Western Hognose Snakes, Common Ravens and many more.

The last few pages offer additional information about the various wild animals mentioned, and also learn how to make a Raven-Gut Upside Down Cake.

Illustration by Rachel Rogge captures the history of each of these desert creatures. I highly recommend this book for all and non animal lovers who don’t mind the Yucky.
Ages:  5 and up
Pages: 48

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

Giveaway (US ONLY)

Giveaway for Nature’s Yucky! 2 – The Desert Southwest

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Giveaway Ends July 24th

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Winner #5 – lisa


July 2, 2012 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , ,


  1. I love this book idea! My boys are always asking me crazy and somewhat disgusting questions about something they have heard or seen on tv. I think this book would get some laughs and be somewhat educational in the process.

    Comment by Julie Rupert | July 2, 2012 | Reply

  2. These books are just my son’s kind. We have read the Grossology books as well as books about snakes, alligators, and bugs. He loves all of them!!
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

    Comment by Melissa Bourn (@MelCamino5) | July 2, 2012 | Reply

  3. My son LOVES these types of books! They sound funny and educational at the same time. Great review! Definitely added to my son’s TBR list.

    Comment by Amanda Ray | July 2, 2012 | Reply

  4. Oh, my 2 youngest grandchildren would love this. They delight in telling me anything disgusting they have read, heard or seen on TV. I of course over-react which gives them even more joy. 🙂
    Look forward to hearing all their giggles as they read this one.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by carol L | July 2, 2012 | Reply

    • Commented on Author’s interview as well.
      Carol L
      Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

      Comment by carol L | July 2, 2012 | Reply

  5. What a great idea; kids love books like this! My boys love learning about anything gross. lol

    Comment by lisa | July 2, 2012 | Reply

  6. My nephew is the perfect age for this book. He has just gotten into the stage where he thinks yucky is the greatest thing since Cracker Jacks!

    Comment by Patsy Hagen | July 2, 2012 | Reply

  7. Thank you for the chance to win! My nephews would love this-they love books without any fluff…gross is right up their alley. edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOtcom

    Comment by krystallarson | July 2, 2012 | Reply

  8. This looks like a wonderfully fun and entertaining book. My sons think yucky is awesome and cool, so I know they would enjoy reading this book and learning about the desert southwest animals and creatures which we arent all that familiar with.

    Comment by Maryann | July 3, 2012 | Reply

  9. Natures Yuck sounds fun! We love to learn about reptiles in our house.

    Lucy’s hero’s sounds very interesting. I am originally from MN I know how harsh the floods can be.

    Comment by lLarissa Brunken | July 4, 2012 | Reply

  10. I enjoy reading about animals and Nature’s Yucky! 2 sounds like a good way of getting children interested in nature and science.

    Comment by likwan | July 24, 2012 | Reply

  11. I love these books. I am a kindergarten teacher. I first read Natures Yucky to my kindergarten class several years ago.
    I was excited to see they wrote 1 and 2. My class loves these books.
    To get them quiet and ready to listen all I need to do is pull the book out and they sit quiet ready to learn.
    It is a great way to teach non fiction.

    Comment by Renee Blue | May 18, 2013 | Reply

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