Written by Melissa-Sue John
Title: The Beetle and the berry
Author: Eve Heidi Bine-Stock
Format: YouTube Video, Read by Curly Shirly
Pages: 12 pages
Genre: Children’s picture book
As a psychologist interested in academic achievement of students and the increase of students in the STEM pipeline, it is fascinating to me to see students persist and develop critical, analytical, and problem-solving skills. Beetle and the Berry is a story of Arthur, who is a tiny beetle who finds a large, juicy berry and wants to take it home with him so he'll have enough food for a week. However, along the way, the berry gets stuck. The beetle has to brainstorm solutions to get it "unstuck." This is a great book to introduce the engineering process, learn determination and motivation, while simultaneously enjoying a great little story. The most important aspect of the story is learning that not all problems can be solved head on and straight forward. Sometimes you have to walk away from the problem and come up with alternative strategies and solutions. The author was inspired by an event in nature that she observed. The book was published in Ladybug in the 1990s and republished in 2015 with new illustrations. We recommend this story for 2 to 6-year-old children. We give this book 5 stars.
You can also have the story read to your child on YouTube by the silly and clever, Curly Shirly. The author has many other interesting looking children’s books that will interest children, parents, and self-published children book authors .