What Loretta’s Katydid Did (Loretta’s Insects) by Lois Wickstrom

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What Loretta’s Katydid Did (Loretta’s Insects) by Lois Wickstrom
Genre – Kids, Family
Page Count – 28
Cover Designer – Ada Konewki

The tree Grandma brings has aphids. Grandma says Loretta must kill the aphids before they kill the tree, but Loretta refuses because she loves insects. One day, a katydid finds the tree. It eats all the aphids. Then the katydid starts eating the tree. Loretta doesn’t want to get rid of the katydid. How will she keep her orange tree healthy for the science fair? With a little secret help from the insect world, Loretta just might win first place.


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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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