Freeman Book Award Lesson Plans

2018 Winner – Children’s Literature

Moth and Wasp, Soil and Ocean: Remembering Chinese Scientist Pu Zhelong’s Work for Sustainable Farming by Sigrid Schmalzer, Illustrated by Melanie Linden Chan (Tilbury House Nature Books)

This beautiful book tells its story through the memories of a farm boy who, inspired by Pu Zhelong, became a scientist himself.

The narrator is a composite of people Pu Zhelong influenced in his work. With further context from Melanie Chan’s historically precise watercolors, this story will immerse young readers in Chinese culture, the natural history of insects, and the use of biological controls in farming. Backmatter provides context and background for this lovely, sophisticated picture book about nature, science, and Communist China.

Kindergarten teacher Robin Gurdak-Foley (Anne T. Dunphy School, Hampshire Regional School District, Williamsburg, MA) and Visual Art Instructor Lynda McCann-Olson (MSAD/RSU 51, Cumberland and North Yarmouth, ME) have developed mini-units for use with this book. Please download these materials below.

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