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Deep within the tropical forests of the world live the most glittering, outrageously gorgeous butterflies on the planet. Every color of the rainbow decorates their graceful wings. From the rare Queen Alexandra-the largest butterfly in the world-to the postman-one of the most poisonous-to the owl butterfly-one of the insect world's masters of disguise, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent introduces readers to these unique and fascinating species. Kendahl Jan Jubb's intensely vibrant watercolor illustrations showcase these ...
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Deep within the tropical forests of the world live the most glittering, outrageously gorgeous butterflies on the planet. Every color of the rainbow decorates their graceful wings. From the rare Queen Alexandra-the largest butterfly in the world-to the postman-one of the most poisonous-to the owl butterfly-one of the insect world's masters of disguise, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent introduces readers to these unique and fascinating species. Kendahl Jan Jubb's intensely vibrant watercolor illustrations showcase these glorious creatures as they flit and flutter throughout the rain forests of the world.

Describes the physical characteristics and behavior of various kinds of tropical butterflies.

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Gr 2-4-With a matter-of-fact text and splashy illustrations, this introduction to tropical butterflies is a mixed bag. Patent first describes the life cycle of a butterfly and then discusses individual tropical species, telling how each one has adapted to survive in its rain-forest environment. She ends with a section on butterfly houses and farms. The text is informative but sketchy, giving an overview of the topic but not much detail. Jubb's watercolor illustrations are so bright and intense that they are overwhelming when viewed close up, and none of the species is labeled. They might be better for sharing with a group, as they can best be appreciated at some distance. The thick lines and large swathes of color seem almost at odds with the delicacy of the subject matter. Measurements are given (in inches only) for some species but not for all, and the artwork makes it difficult to imagine the relative sizes of the different creatures. An outline map on the endpapers shows the locations of these insects' habitats, but no countries or even continents are identified. All in all, a disappointing effort.-Louise L. Sherman, formerly at Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Morphos, longwings, birdwings, swallowtails, and other gorgeously caparisoned insects flutter in eye-filling profusion across both natural tropical scenes, and the artificial ones in constructed butterfly houses, in this follow up to Slinky, Scaly, Slithery Snakes (2000) and its predecessors. Around Patent's brief observations about butterfly life cycles, eating habits and mimicry, plus how live butterfly exhibits in colder climes are stocked from a specialized farm in Costa Rica, Jubb depicts several dozen specimens in extreme close-ups, focusing less on fine details of structure than on gorgeous, riotous colors in a sort of messy construction. This introduction covers well-traveled territory, but casual browsers as well as budding lepidopterists will be riveted. (index, map) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780802788382
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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Dorothy Hinshaw Patent has written more than one hundred books for young readers. She received a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley. Dorothy lives in Missoula, Montana, a good place for someone who loves nature, with her husband. Kendahl Jan Jubb is a fine artist whose work is exhibited throughout the world. Her beautiful illustrations can also be found in the other books in this series with Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Kendahl lives in Missoula, Montana, with her husband.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2004

    One of the Best in the Patent/Jubb Series of Books!

    In a series of books that are placed in the 'Children¿s' category, even when they are by the uniquely matched team of author Dorothy Hinshaw Patent and artist Kendahl Jan Jubb, there is usually a tendency for the initial impact to wear thin. Not so with FABULOUS FLUTTERING TROPICAL BUTTERFLIES! Patent writes with wisdom and excellent teaching skills, while Jubb is obviously in love with the subject. Jubb is a painter of nature and when required to include the human species in her works she is less successful. Oh, they LOOK like the people under scrutiny, but turn you attention to the actual butterflies and their various forms for morphing and you'll see the difference. This little book flies off the table with dazzling color: when Jubb is illustrating the owl butterflies of South America, she subtly includes paintings of owls to make her artistic point. And her phases of caterpillar to chrysalis to emerging butterfly are stunning. This little book reads well and is bound to be a favorite with children of all ages.

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