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Mae the Mayfly

When Mae first hatches, she learns she'll have just a day to enjoy the world. But soon a hungry trout has her racing for cover! As she peeks from her hiding spot and notices some of nature's most beautiful sights, she realizes she must live in the moment and experience everything the--sometimes scary--world has to offer. This tender story reminds us all--young and old--to be present and mindful in all we do.

Booklist Review: “In this story about making the most of time, Mae is a mayfly who decides to spend her one day of life exploring the big, wide world. At times it is scary, but her brushes and near misses with animals great and small make her experience so fulfilling. Once Mae embraces her fear, she truly begins to marvel at all she encounters and finds unexpected strength when faced with a perilous situation. In rhyming couplets that dance on the page, Brennan-Nelson creates an endearing character who realizes that when you take a chance, the rewards can greatly outweigh the risks. Weiser’s colorful illustrations invoke a natural world that can be both terrifying and awe-inspiring. Her images of Mae capture the character’s plucky spirit. This book would make a great addition to any nature-themed program and pairs with perennial classics such as In the Tall, Tall Grass (1991), by Denise Fleming. Readers looking for picture books with a similar theme would also enjoy All in a Day (2009), by Cynthia Rylant.”

"You have your whole life -  a day, perhaps more. Don't waste it, Mae. Use your wings and explore!"

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