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Are You A Butterfly?
     

Are You A Butterfly?

by Judy Allen, Tudor Humphries (Illustrator)
 

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Caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly; follow the metamorphosis of this familiar backyard creature as it evolves into a delicate flying insect.

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Caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly; follow the metamorphosis of this familiar backyard creature as it evolves into a delicate flying insect.

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“An attractive introduction to creatures likely to be found in backyards and empty lots...Readers will find Butterfly and Spider comforting and helpful, with touches of humor scattered throughout.” —School Library Journal

“This book is the perfect learning tool for parents and teachers who are interested in teaching youngsters about the life cycle of butterflies...Don't be surprised if after reading this book, young readers dash outside to check out the lepidopterous activity in the backyard.” —Children's Literature

Children's Literature
Preschoolers are often fascinated by butterflies of all shapes, sizes and colors. This book is the perfect learning tool for parents and teachers who are interested in teaching youngsters about the life cycle of butterflies—from egg and larva to pupa/chrysalis and the adult stage. Written in a conversational tone, this resource uses colorful artwork and simple, oversized text to explain different aspects of a butterfly's life. A special "Did You Know..." section in the back of the book contains some interesting butterfly trivia such as "If a human baby grew as fast as a caterpillar, it would weight about 8 tons when it was only two weeks old." This introductory volume is designed to help children learn how to make thoughtful observations in nature and develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for living things. Don't be surprised if after reading this book, young readers dash outside to check out the lepidopterous activity in the backyard. This wonderful title is an excellent complement to Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Part of the "Backyard Books" series. 2000, Kingfisher. Ages 4 to 7. Reviewer: Debra Briatico
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Two attractive introductions to creatures likely to be found in backyards and empty lots. Beginning with the title questions, the simple, conversational texts go on to present various facets of the lives of the featured animals. As newly hatched butterflies, readers are reassured, "Your wings are crumpled. They look terrible. Don't worry." As spiders, they are warned, "If you catch a wasp in your web, don't try to eat it." Ultimately, readers are returned to human childhood and given a couple of pages of extra data about their fanciful incarnations. The softly colored, realistic illustrations depict caterpillars/butterflies and spiderlings/spiders going about their daily lives, keeping step with the text, and the focus comes back to a group of children at the close. Small carps-the butterflies have a pair of parents; the spiders only a mother. Neither species is identified, and some spiders do not spin elaborate webs. These titles are somewhat reminiscent of Mick Manning's equally engaging A Ruined House (1996) and Karen Wallace's Red Fox (1994, both Candlewick). Readers will find Butterfly and Spider comforting and helpful, with touches of humor scattered throughout.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753456088
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
05/16/2003
Series:
Backyard Books Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
28
Sales rank:
248,534
Product dimensions:
7.77(w) x 8.08(h) x 0.19(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Author Judy Allen and illustrator Tudor Humphries created Kingfisher's award-winning Backyard Books series and many other successful books, including the Reading Rainbow selections Tiger and Seal. Tudor Humphries' recent titles include Hiding and A Floating World.

Judy Allen is an award-winning author whose novel Awaiting Developments was short-listed for the Whitbread Children's Novel Award. Judy Allen and illustrator Tudor Humphries created Kingfisher's award-winning Backyard Books series and many other successful books, including the Reading Rainbow selections Tiger and Seal.

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