May 8, 2017

A dragonfly named Anax

A Dragon in the Sky
by Laurence Pringle
paintings by Bob Marstall

As spring arrives, a green darner dragonfly nymph is born in a swamp in western New York state. Named Anax by its biographer, we watch as he develops from nymph to mature adult, and follow as he migrates down the eastern American coast. 

Illustrated with lovely watercolour paintings, the book does a wonderful job of describing the life cycle of a dragonfly in an engrossing storybook format. Sidebars add further details about dragonflies and the insects who share their habitats. Appended to the story are a list of books and websites for further research, and advice on caring for dragonfly nymphs.

An excellent introduction to these living flashes of light.

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