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One warm summer evening, a lonely praying mantis named Manuelo listens to the music of an outdoor concert.  Manuelo wishes that he, too, could make music like the crickets and the katydids.  But the instruments he makes don't play.  Then Manuelo meets someone who shows him how to fashion a cello using a walnut shell, a stick, and a special ingredient.  Manuelo makes his fiOne warm summer evening, a lonely praying mantis named Manuelo listens to the music of an outdoor concert.  Manuelo wishes that he, too, could make music like the crickets and the katydids.  But the instruments he makes don't play.  Then Manuelo meets someone who shows him how to fashion a cello using a walnut shell, a stick, and a special ingredient.  Manuelo makes his first true friend and, together, they create the music they both love....

Title : Manuelo, the Playing Mantis
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ISBN : 9780142405604
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Manuelo, the Playing Mantis Reviews

  • Caroline
    2019-06-23 05:53

    Growth mindset

  • Sarah
    2019-06-18 06:56

    I liked the illustrations

  • Natalie O'neill
    2019-06-21 01:39

    This book is about a praying mantis named Manuelo, who longs to make music. He first tries to rub his legs against his wings, hoping to make a chirp like a cricket, but to no avail. He then decides to make his own flute, but that does not work either. He did not get discouraged though, and he decided to try making music using a trumpet flower and then a harp. Again, no luck. One day, when he is beginning to feel discouraged, Manuelo meets a spider who tells him that they can work together to build a cello. The cello works, and Manuelo is ecstatic as many insects and frogs come out to enjoy the music themselves. This is a book with a happy and positive ending. It would be a great book to use when teaching common themes such as perseverance and determination, and the importance of never giving up on your dreams!

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    2019-06-20 07:47

    Manuelo is an odd name for a praying mantis, but I supposed there weren't too many choices for male names beginning with "man-". This is a cute story about a praying mantis who wants to make music like crickets, frogs, and katydids do. But every musical instrument he makes doesn't work, until he meets Debby Webster, the spider. I wish he had included a little information at the end about praying mantises, because you seldom see them, and kids may not know about them. Recommended, but accompanied by a non-fiction book that gives facts about the insect.

  • Abbi Kraus
    2019-06-17 03:39

    This book has great illustrations and is a good example of friends helping one another. Manuelo loves music but he can't figure out what instrument he can play. A spider ends up helping him build a cello, and he plays with his new friends. It is a good book for elementary age children!

  • Grace
    2019-06-03 09:49

    This is a precious book about a Praying Mantis who loves music but can't figure out how to make his own instrument. He finally has a spider volunteer to help out and together they make a cello which he plays while she stays by his side. It is really cute a book for all ages.

  • David
    2019-06-08 09:43

    My kids enjoyed reading this today right after violin lessons.

  • The Brothers
    2019-06-14 07:58

    A little play on words here! It's the story of a Praying Mantis that tries to find the instrument just right for him. Written and illustrated by the same guy who did the Corduroy the bear stories.

  • Bree
    2019-06-13 03:48

    Notes:makes instruments out of nature bits -- harp, cello, trumpet, flutespider's help is reminiscent of charlotte's web

  • Aletheia Ubben
    2019-06-16 03:57

    Another gem from Don Freeman. I love the many styles his art encompasses. (Aletheia's review: "I'm pretty sure I heard mom say the mantis should cut off the heads of the katydids...")

  • Ellen
    2019-05-26 04:51

    Sweet book about a praying mantis who wants to be a musician