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Children's LiteratureButterflies have been considered sacred, poetic, and whimsical. In Aztec folklore, butterflies were even considered to be reincarnated warriors. The fan format popularized in the "Fandex Family Field Guides" is a perfect way to display this amazingly colorful variety of butterflies. The text is written on a fairly high level and includes "field notes," such as the first person who described a particular species, the family name, size, habitat, and wingspan. There is nearly always a fascinating bit of butterfly biology or trivia as well as caterpillar photographs to accompany each full-grown butterfly. For example, readers learn that the American and British governments are trying to find a way of embedding the unique color mechanism of the banded peacock butterfly into credit cards and currency. Butterfly defense mechanisms are as clever as their wings are brilliant. The owl butterfly has such large eye-like spots that potential predators "wonder whether they can eat this creature or should instead fear being eaten by it." Foreign butterflies are mixed in with American species, which could make it frustrating for youngsters trying to find these butterflies. Nevertheless, it is a perfect "book" for browsing, butterfly identification, and short student research. The slim fan style sits easily on a kitchen or classroom shelf or in a backpack, providing easy reference and pleasurable reading. 2002, Workman Publishing, Ages 6 up.