Several years ago I heard about an intriguing living science book that Charlotte Mason had used in her schools. The book was called Jack’s Insects, and I looked everywhere for it. I couldn’t find it anywhere — online or off. So I kept it on my watch list and went on about my schooling. Imagine my excitement when I finally spotted a copy this year from an antique book seller online!
Originally published in 1910, this book is true Charlotte Mason style. The story is about Jack and Maggie, who find themselves inside Jack’s new insect book. They learn about the various insects through first-hand encounters and conversations with them. (And believe me, these insects are quite the characters!)
I found myself laughing out loud at Edmund Selous’ clever plays on words and wishing more people could enjoy this book. So we started typing . . . and proofreading . . . and correcting . . . and formatting . . . and proofreading again.
Today we are excited to announce that Jack’s Insects is once again in print! Now a whole new generation can learn along with Jack and Maggie as they question a butterfly, narrate to a spider, go underground with a cicada, anger a wasp, attend a katydid concert, hear a candle fly’s court case, and sail with a raft-spider (to name just a few of their adventures).
Charlotte used this book with grades 4-6, reading through it in small portions spread throughout the months.
If you’re going to be at the Nashville or Charleston All-Day CM Seminar, I’ll have copies with me. See you there!