Roasted grubs are a favorite in Australia, the Batswana eat live termites, and stir-fried dragonflies are a delicacy in Indonesia. More than one-fourth of the world’s population eats insects. It’s a practice called entomophagy.
BUGS FOR BREAKFAST helps middle-grade readers understand the role insects fill in feeding people around the world. Along the way, readers learn:
About regional insect specialties and traditions.
How nutritious bugs can be.
Why dining on insects is more
environmentally friendly than eating
traditional protein sources.
How making small changes in their own
diets could help ensure no one goes hungry.
The word entomophagy comes from the Greek: entomos means “insect” and făguein means “to eat.” Technically, a person who eats insects is referred to as an entomophage. Ready to add bugs to your menu?
Mary has written more than 65 nonfiction books for young readers. She’s always happiest when she learns new things while researching books. For example, did you know that scientists studied a bird called the kingfisher to design a high speed train that was both faster and quieter?
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