A Place for Butterflies

A Place for Butterflies

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by Melissa Stewart

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Children's Literature
Melissa is a scientist with a mission. She states her mission in the very first sentence: "Butterflies fill our world with beauty and grace. But sometimes people do things that make it hard for them to live and grow." The mission is stated so frequently that it becomes tiresome and almost detracts from the interesting information about individual butterfly species or the delicate, softly colored and quite accurate illustrations by Higgins Bond. We see butterflies as caterpillars and then seeking nectar, surrounded by typical habitat and gloriously colored wildflowers. The illustrations stand alone so well, you may want to prop the book open just to see the Oregon Silverspots against the northwest mountains, Schaus swallowtails in the forest, or the unusual Karner blue thriving on land burned by natural wildfires. The endpapers use small maps of the United States to show the range of each butterfly described in the book. There are tips for starting a butterfly garden and other ways to help butterflies. The overstated mission aside, this book is excellent for browsing and is a simple introduction to diverse habitats, the problem with non-native/invasive species, and the complex interconnections among species in a single ecosystem. The book includes a short bibliography with books for young explorers highlighted. 2006, Peachtree Publishers, Ages 6 to 10.
—Karen Leggett
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-This is a slender, pictorial introduction to the idea that various butterflies rely on specialized habitats for survival, and that humans can affect the balance of these delicate environments. Stewart describes the niche butterflies fill as pollinators and their importance in complex food chains, and offers tips on helping these fragile flutterers continue to decorate our landscapes. Even more interesting are the 11 species she presents as prime residents in various locales, including the familiar Monarch and rarer individuals such as the Palos Verdes Blue. Bond's realistic acrylics keep colorful step, recording charred forests, serene pastures, and placid ponds with natural beauty, placing the starred butterflies and their caterpillars in their preferred locations. Pair this title with Eve Bunting's Butterfly House (Scholastic, 1999) for additional beauty or team it with Jonathan P. Latimer and Karen Stray Nolting's Caterpillars and/or Butterflies (both Houghton, 2000). Eye-catching and informative.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Stewart's latest introduces readers to the habitats of several butterflies found in the U.S., and how people can have a negative impact on them. With its emphasis on conservation, this is more a starting point for generating interest than a source for research. General information is limited to the four life stages of a butterfly. A few brief sentences introduce and summarize the longer sidebar text about each butterfly. The first six focus on the insect's fascinating eating habits-most eat only one plant type. The last five concentrate less on the species and more on the threat to its survival-pesticides, invasive species, private collections. Finally, readers learn the butterfly's role in the habitat and are taught how to attract and protect local species. Gorgeous artwork shows up-close portraits of each butterfly, as well as a larger, detailed view of its habitat. Good observers will spot each butterfly, egg or caterpillar within the habitat. While the artwork is worth a look, it does not make up for the heavy-handed conservation message and lack of general information that plagues this text. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 5-8)

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Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
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9.39(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.36(d)
980L (what's this?)
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6 - 10 Years

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Award-winning author Melissa Stewart has written more than 50 science books for kids (and edited more than 200)! Her background in biology and journalism makes her perfect for bringing science to kids.

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A Place for Butterflies 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heather_Lang More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best butterfly books I've seen for children. They will learn about much more than butterflies; children will come away with an understanding of how human behavior can affect the natural world. Melissa Stewart successfully tackles the tough task of introducing children to environmental concerns without being heavy-handed. Her tone is hopeful and the text gives readers a true appreciation for butterflies and their ecosystems. The book is written in simple rhythmic language with two levels of text. Young children can read the easier text, while older children, a parent, or a teacher can read the higher level text. This promotes a valuable shared reading experience. The book ends with some practical suggestions of things kids can do to help butterflies.
JAJC More than 1 year ago
A Place for Butterflies, written by Melissa Stewart, is a science book that reads like an intriguing story. In clear and poetic language, Stewart explains how specific butterfly species survive and how each is intricately linked to its environment. Readers will also discover how human actions affect these splendid creatures. Written in a reverent and hopeful tone, the book will foster both a sense of wonder and responsibility. Delightfully detailed paintings by Higgins Bond provide an exquisite accompaniment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Award-winning children's book author Melissa Stewart presents A Place For Butterflies, a picturebook beautifully illustrated by Higgins Bond with realistic, full-color art of butterfly species and the lush natural environments they inhabit. Each two-page spread features a couple sentences about butterflies, a sidebar about a specific butterfly species, and artwork of a typical home for that species ranging from forests to lush open fields. A Place For Butterflies is written to instil love and appreciation for these marvelous insects, and a final section about helping butterflies warns against catching or keeping them, or spraying chemicals that could harm them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an upbeat and informative read. The outstanding illustrations help children see a wide range of butterfly environments and understand that butterflies are more than just pretty fluttering creatures. The text helps children understand how they can provide a welcoming habitat where appropriate as well as understand the importance of preserving a range of habitats. Kudos to Stewart. I recommend the book highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book, and so did my students. We studied butterflies in the fall, so this book was a good way to review the material we covered. But it also includes good additional material--stuff you don't see in most books. The art is great, and the author clearly and simply explains a wide range of things people are doing to help butterflies. The message is realistic, but also upbeat. Tt's perfect for my second graders.