Caterpillars

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Caterpillars attract children like magnets--their shapes, colors, and locomotion styles are impossible to resist. Now children can explore the dazzling diversity of the world's caterpillars illustrated in hundreds of full-color photographs. The charm of these larval forms of moths and butterflies is captured in verse and easy-to-follow narrative text by award-winning poet and nature writer Marilyn Singer.

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Overview

Caterpillars attract children like magnets--their shapes, colors, and locomotion styles are impossible to resist. Now children can explore the dazzling diversity of the world's caterpillars illustrated in hundreds of full-color photographs. The charm of these larval forms of moths and butterflies is captured in verse and easy-to-follow narrative text by award-winning poet and nature writer Marilyn Singer.

Includes matching game, quiz, glossary, and index. Real science has never been so much fun!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Do you have an adverse reaction to caterpillars? In theses close-up photographs, one really does see the beauty and variety among caterpillars. Then seeing the beautiful creatures that they become is truly one of the marvels of nature. Singer opens her book with a poem. Then the text describes the various types of caterpillars. One thing becomes quite clear, these creatures that hatch from the eggs laid by butterflies and moths are born hungry. Most eat the vegetation where they hatch. Some caterpillars are loners (monarch) while others live in groups (tent caterpillars). Some grow quickly from egg to adult others like the Yellow Wooly Bear take longer and curl up into a ball in its winter home. All the full color pictures are labeled and one can certainly learn the names of more than fifty caterpillars and butterflies, their characteristics, and most importantly those that are benign as far as humans are concerned as well as those that can cause rashes, headaches, stomach problems, and fevers. Pictures show the life cycle and body parts of these creatures. At the end of the book there is a quiz and matching game (caterpillar to its moth or butterfly adult form). After going back and checking through the book, this reviewer did not find the adult forms to make the connections—so it is by guess and deduction that any reader would get them all correctly matched. Fortunately the answers are given. The closing pages include one devoted to anatomy and another to a glossary. There is also a full page of book and Internet resources. Finally, there is a page with the scientific names of all the featured caterpillars, moths and butterflies, and an index. Eye opening and informative, this book should appeal to most kids who wonder about those hairy creatures that appear at certain times of the year as well as the butterflies that flit about in spring and summer. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979745577
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2010
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 469,063
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: NC930L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Marilyn Singer
Marilyn Singer has authored more than seventy children's books and has won many awards, notably the NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students, an Animal Behavior Society Award, and a Booklist selection for the Top Ten Science Books for Children. Marilyn lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2011

    Comprehensive, Beautiful, Fun

    This is a *real* book that will stay in our bookshelves for years. These are the only types of books we're buying in hardback now.

    The photos are amazing and there's so much detail that we end up studying the pages for a while, then reading the text, then going back to the photos.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    My kids never seem to get enough of caterpillars. This book has

    My kids never seem to get enough of caterpillars.
    This book has more than a hundred photographs of real caterpillars. It's hard to find this type of diversity in books that are written specifically for kids. This book works for many ages. We use the single lines of poetry that are on the bottom of each page and the photos like a picture book for our younger child, and our older child reads the main text on his own. The games at the end were fun.

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