An Insects Guide to Living on Earth
by Kerry Gittins
Dennis the dragonfly loves all things ‘D’
like daffodils, daisies and dragon fruit trees.
His best friend is Barry whose favourites are ‘B’
like buttercups, bluebells and tall Birchwood trees.
But lately the plants and trees they loved well
were harder to find, and harder to smell.
It seemed that the humans were making things grey
and taking the smells and the colours away
The fields once green, were covered with scars
from crisscrossing roads, where people drove cars.
Dennis and Barry decided to leave
to find a new life. So on New Year’s Eve
they flew off together to find a new home,
hoping to find all the things they had known.
After what seemed like such a long time,
they saw something wonderful. Something so fine!
Down they flew and when they were near
their eyes opened wide! Their hearts filled with cheer.
They buzzed up above the colourful scene
rubbing their eyes thinking, ‘Is this a dream?’
So many insects were flying around!
Fireflies, butterflies, queen wasps with crowns.
Beetles and dragonflies, aphids and ants.
Lace bugs and honey bees wearing striped pants!
A pretty green Mantis who was their friend May
Looked up and called out to them, ‘Hey! Come this way!’
They flew down to greet her and as they embraced,
Dennis turned slowly and asked, ‘What’s this place?’
‘The one place that’s left where we can live free.
Where insects are safe. Where humans can’t be.
‘Just look at what’s here!’ laughed May with delight.
She pointed out wonderful things left and right.
Blackberries, strawberries, peaches and more.
Lavender, lilies, roses galore!
Jasmine, snow peas and daisies so tall!
There’s food for you both. Food for us all.
We’re many that travelled from near and far.
We fled from the fields, the ones filled with scars
of marks made by humans, who don’t understand
we have just one chance to be kind to this land.’
As Dennis and Barry looked over at May
they nodded. ‘Together’ was the only way.
So humans take note - you are not here alone.
You must share with all who call this Earth home.
Ideas on Publishing.
I think this story could still work as a PB but as a combination of fiction and non-fiction. I would have a glossary at the end with factual information about each insect and flower and how they are interdependent on each other, and outline reasons why as humans we need to look after and care for them. I’d also provide links/addresses to environmental organisations that are involved with protecting habitats and insects.
If it was to be a non-fiction book, then I envision it having the story as the opening page with each insect having a separate page of information and images – again with information about the organisations mentioned above on the final page. If this feels like a better fit, then I would have the insects illustrated and not depicted with photographs. Similar to what is done at Flying Eye book publishers.
I’m keen to read your feedback about all of the above and thanks for taking the time to do so.