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This delightful story teaches children that many bugs are "helpful insects" and enables the reader to develop a positive and protective attitude towards them. Willie the Worm introduces his insect friends and inspires the young reader to discover a fresh interest in "bugs," and to realize many of them are indeed their friends too. Included are a series of questions and recommended activities to help parents and teachers engage children to learn even more about these little helpers.
|Elly Kree (McKay) George (1924-2003) was of Scottish-Cherokee descent and grew up in Ohio. From an early age she loved all facets of nature. Later as a Girl Scout leader and an Audubon Jr. Club leader, she was able to instill a respect of the natural world in children. After observing her grandchildren taking nature walks, Elly-Kree wrote "Please Don't Step on Me" to remind them and others to be kind to all creatures. Elly-Kree was married to a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, artist Edwin George, and lived on the Cherokee reservation in North Carolina. | Jesse Hummingbird (1952-2021) was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and was a member of the Cherokee Nation. He became a fulltime artist in the early 1980s, using a traditional "flat-style" that was made famous by earlier Native Oklahoma artists. In 2015, Jesse was named a Tribal Elder by the Cherokee Nation, and in 2017, a National Treasure, an honor given by the tribe to those who are helping to keep Cherokee art and culture alive.Alfreda Beartrack-Algeo, a storyteller and poet, artist and illustrator, is a member of the Lower Brule Lakota Nation, Kul Wicasa Oyate, in Lower Brule, South Dakota, where she grew up. Her involvement in fine art began at an early age, with direct influence from her father, Alfred Ziegler, a noteworthy artist who has inspired her work in sculpture, painting, and drawing throughout her life. Alfreda currently lives in beautiful Palisade, Colorado, with her spouse, David Algeo.|