When Sophia Spencer was in kindergarten, her love of bugs made her popular with her friends. But when she switched schools in Grade 1, she says her passion started to get her bullied — by kids who didn’t think bug hunting was a suitable pastime for a girl.
Now, 11-year-old Spencer is the author of the picture book The Bug Girl.
It’s the true story of how her love of insects has affected her short life in big — and sometimes difficult — ways. She wrote the book with author Margaret McNamara and it’s just been published by Tundra Books.
Sophia and her mom, Nicole Spencer, recently joined As It Happens host Carol Off in studio to talk about the project. Here is part of their conversation.
I have to start with the million-dollar question: why do you love bugs so much?
SS: Well, I get asked that a lot. And I think it’s mainly because they have their own ecosystem. Like they’ve made their own world, their own mini-universe.