K-Gr 2—Straightforward vocabulary, short sentences, and crystal-clear photos combine to provide a brief overview of a butterfly's life cycle. Information is presented in story format, with the creature offering a first-person narration that occasionally rhymes: "Rain falls. It plips and plops. I need to drink water. I drink the small drops." For the most part, the crisp close-ups directly follow the text, illustrating the highlighted details. However, the narrative states, "I grew in an egg. Then I hatched," a process not shown in the photos. On another page, the text reads, "Look at me now! I am an insect. I have six legs," but it's difficult to count these appendages in the accompanying picture. Still, the book's pleasant narrative flow and appealing full-color photos will captivate and encourage beginning readers. "What Do You Think?" questions are appended. An eye-catching addition to easy-reader collections.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
STEPHEN SWINBURNE is the author of numerous children's books about nature, including Safe, Warm, and Snug, illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey, and Once a Wolf: How Wildlife Biologists Fought to Bring Back the Gray Wolf, with photographs by Jim Brandenburg. A lifelong naturalist, he lives in South Londonderry, Vermont.