Roberto the Insect Architect

Roberto is an enthusiastic termite with big dreams of becoming an architect. Unfortunately, no one understands his passion and he encounters resistance and negativity at every turn. Employers scoff and ridicule him for being a termite with builder dreams - don't they know that not every termite wants to eat buildings!

Nina Laden has written a well thought out story about determination, persistence, and grit. Roberto defies stereotypes and labels based on who is is, ignoring those who doubt him, and barrels ahead, finding a lot about who he really is in the process.

Laden layers texture into her illustrations and adds whimsy with creative character names spun off of real life architects. A delightful read - my second graders always requested this one again and again!

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