A Butterfly?: What's It Like to Be Series

A Butterfly?: What's It Like to Be Series

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A series told in the first person, these books give a friendly, personal account of what it's like to be each of these creepy crawly animals. Detailed and scientifically accurate illustrations work seamlessly together with the text, illustrating what it's really like to make honey or spin a web. Sure to inspire lots of pretending. Reading levels have been

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A series told in the first person, these books give a friendly, personal account of what it's like to be each of these creepy crawly animals. Detailed and scientifically accurate illustrations work seamlessly together with the text, illustrating what it's really like to make honey or spin a web. Sure to inspire lots of pretending. Reading levels have been determined by the Accelerated Reader methodology. The books in this series are appropriate for Reading Level 1 and up.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Erika Clark
On the leaf of a thistle plant rests a painted lady butterfly laying her eggs to continue another cycle of life. In roughly five days, the slightly sticky eggs will free squirmy, prickly caterpillars the size of a fingernail. After ingesting the shell of its egg, the caterpillar will inch its along, munching on the leaf with its strong teeth. What happens when the caterpillar grows bigger? Like putting on a too small jacket, the caterpillar's skin becomes really tight and hugs its body until it molts. "Soon its skin will split open and inside will be a chrysalis...When the butterfly is almost ready, the chrysalis becomes transparent, or see-through. The chrysalis splits open near the bottom and the butterfly's head peeks out. Then its wings and legs appear." The painted lady butterfly will soon become strong enough to fly away to find food, a mate, and lay more eggs to repeat the cycle once more. Reviewer: Erika Clark
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3–These books open with seeds or eggs or just after a birth and move through the life cycle, closing as another generation begins. Each stage is described on a spread that features clearly written, oversized text and a caption opposite a full-page, realistic watercolor, or, occasionally, a photograph. Near the bottom of the illustration, a question (“What will hatch out of the eggs?”) leads readers to the next chapter. Some illustrations don’t reflect the text or lack sufficient details, close-ups, or diagrams. A final “More About” page gives species, location, and size information. A worthwhile purchase despite the minor flaws.
Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
A lovely red admiral butterfly tells its own tale in this fascinating nonfiction book for young readers. As with all the titles in the "What it like to be ..." series, this book begins with the title question and continues throughout with the main character telling what life is like now, and then going back and weaving its story from conception to adulthood. The butterfly begins as an egg and when it hatches it is so hungry it gobbles up the egg! What follows is the butterfly's enticing recollection of when it was a caterpillar struggling to stay out of danger. It offers an account of wrapping up in a large nettle leaf before making its chrysalis. The text closely matches the vivid clear illustrations and helps make comprehension easy. Highlighted words add to the text and an index plus a glossary are helpful. A page with four questions presents information about the wings of butterflies, where they go in the winter, what they use their feelers for, and how big they get. The page offers starting points for science discussions. All books in the set would add to science lessons stressing life cycles. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622430468
Publisher:
Riverstream Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2013
Series:
What's It Like to Be Series
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
901,878
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
430L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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