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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 4 to 7.
Minna, Pip, and their parents visit the interactive Butterfly Place where they observe the monarch butterfly's metamorphosis. Greeted by Bert, the Butterfly Man, they examine each stage of development, even trying on a caterpillar suit to experience first-hand the process of molting. Bert takes the kids to a series of aquariums where they can see the changes taking place within the chrysalis and view a newly emerged butterfly. Party blowers help explain the function and operation of the butterfly's proboscis, and a large migration map clearly shows the monarch's route to Mexico and back. Cheerful cut-paper collages support a lively text that entertains as it teaches. There is advice for planting a butterfly garden, directions for making a monarch magnet, and a helpful list of places to visit to learn more. The crisp layout and chatty tone make this ideal for primary grade children. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey