Z. is my friend. Seeing the world through the eyes of someone who is not quite three is wonderous. We don’t really know what the mantis is thinking: its facial expression doesn’t change to reflect its opinion of Z’s shoulder.
Z’s dad writes blog that shows a similar sense of wonder at times, mixed with the emotions one might expect from his navigating an unaccustomed culture. He is a Brit and an American citizen; hence almost-american.com
There are lots of posts featuring Z. Enjoy!