Ladybugs for Loretta (Loretta’s Insects) by Lois Wickstrom

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Ladybugs for Loretta (Loretta’s Insects) by Lois Wickstrom
Genre – Kids, Family
Page Count – 32

Loretta is a mischievous girl who lives in a cabin high up in the Colorado

mountains.  She loves her garden and the ladybugs that protect it.  But

where do they go in the winter? On a cold winter day while she is collecting

pine needles for her strawberry patch, she discovers ladybugs hiding under a

rock.  She finds even more behind a chunk of loose tree bark.

Through a loving relationship with her parents and  her garden, Loretta

learns about the life cycle of ladybugs.


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Lois is a former high school chemistry teacher and former head science teacher at Science in the City Summer Camp in Philadelphia. She has also been an adjunct science teacher at University of South Florida. Since retiring, she continues to take science classes. Her class in Forensic Biology led to Little Red, The Detective, in which Red is studying fingerprint identification, so she can tell that “Grandma” isn’t who she says she is.

Lois has taken so many science classes that she believes science is the solution to almost every problem, including the dilemmas in fairy tales. She has invented what she calls Science Folktales. In each science-based tale, the protagonist achieves a better ending than the original because of learning scientific principles. She has turned some of these tales into plays.

She has also created a series of Mermaid Science stories, which make use of water science.

Lois is married to the love of her life. She has two children, four grandchildren and a dog.

Author Interview with Lois Wickstrom



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