Du Iz Tak? & Nosegay on a Marble Plinth

Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis and Nosegay on a Marble Plinth by Rachel Ruysch

Featured Book: Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis
Featured Artwork: Nosegay on a Marble Plinth (c. 1695) by Rachel Ruysch

Artist Rachel Ruysch (Dutch, 1664/5–1750) grew up examining bugs and flowers in her scientist father's collection of natural specimens, and this painting features several detailed bugs, including a butterfly and a bee, hidden amongst some incredible flowers. (You can read more about the painting in our Women Artists curriculum packet.)⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

Author and illustrator Carson Ellis spent a lot of time observing and drawing bugs in her garden in preparation for her book Du Iz Tak? which follows some bugs as they discover and build a fort in a flower and is written in a special bug language she invented for the book.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

Inspired by these two artists and nature-lovers, find a bug, butterfly or flower, either outside your window or online, to study and draw. Then make up your own story imagining the adventures of your bug or flower.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

If you don’t have access to the featured book, select something similar from your child’s book shelf or your local library. Many of the books are also available as read-aloud videos online.