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In Review

By Elizabeth Wroten

Chapter Book Review: Hector Springs Loose

On 07, Dec 2015 | In Review | By Elizabeth Wroten

Hector Springs LooseHector Springs Loose written by Elizabeth Shreeve, pictures by Pamela Levy

From Goodreads: Hector Fuller is a wumblebug. A more likeable bug you’ll never find. But you’ll also never find a wumblebug anywhere other than the pages of a book — this book, to be exact.
One morning Hector Fuller is playing the piano in his wumblebug hole, as content as a bug can be when his home is taken over by a hopping flea circus! Fleas are everywhere, hanging from the ceiling and bouncing off the walls. To make matters worse, Hector’s allergic to fleas — all six of his legs are itching like crazy! There’s only one thing for poor Hector to do: He’ll have to find a new home.
On his search, Hector meets new creatures and sees amazing sights, but will he ever find a home as perfect as his snug little hole?

I found this one tucked away on our chapter book shelves and thought it looked like a cute read. Our second grade does an insect study in the spring and I thought it might be a fun story to read then, but I decided to read it now and the kids are loving it. The story is an adventure story, but it’s also about finding home and where you fit in best, a message I think kids can relate to.

Is it an essential book to have in a collection? No, but it would make a nice addition particularly if you have kids who like gentle stories that feature animals (or bugs). If you happen to have it, pull it out and see if you can get it to circulate. It’s well worth the effort.

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