Children's LiteratureThis book actually delivers on the series' titular promise of information regarding life cycles. Kalman has chosen to focus on monarch butterflies in her explanation of the many transformations that characterize a butterfly's life. Though she clearly explains the different life stages, these stages could be better illustrated. Reiach's images are somewhat crude and eschew detail a photograph would better capture. As a result, readers may have a bit more difficulty identifying the monarchs which Kalman suggests the reader collect and raise. This suggestion may be followed by readers easily enough, but it requires more adult supervision than the book recommends. Kalman has made a fine book for a young reader's first exploration of the subject of butterflies. The book sustains interest for a continuous read and can be divided by its chapters to follow the development of a child's butterfly. The entire series has inconsistencies between the key terms in bold found within the body of the text and those that are further explained in the glossary. Kalman does make note of this inconsistency, but this note does not excuse its occurrence. This book is part of the "Ciclos de vida" series. 2005, Crabtree Publishing Company, and Ages 6 to 10.
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