It's a Butterfly's Life

It's a Butterfly's Life

by Irene Kelly
     
 
What is a butterfly's life? It's full of twists and turns as butterflies glide on air currents. It's full of dips and dives as they show off for their mates. There are more than 17,000 kinds of butterflies in the world. Some of them will only live for a few days. Others will migrate thousands of miles to winter in a warmer climate. Still others will hibernate through

Overview

What is a butterfly's life? It's full of twists and turns as butterflies glide on air currents. It's full of dips and dives as they show off for their mates. There are more than 17,000 kinds of butterflies in the world. Some of them will only live for a few days. Others will migrate thousands of miles to winter in a warmer climate. Still others will hibernate through the cold months. For all butterflies, life begins with metamorphosis. In one of nature's most amazing feats, caterpillars become creatures of beauty and grace.
Filled with winsome illustrations and a delightful design that looks like an artist's sketchbook, this is an inspiring companion to It's a Hummingbird's Life.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
Kelly's book takes young readers on a journey through the life of a butterfly. The main text includes numerous facts about the 17,500 types of butterflies and 160,000 types of moths in the world. After a quick comparison, the text focuses on butterflies and fascinating facts about their lives. Kelly takes readers through the lifecycle as, two weeks after hatching, Monarch caterpillars grow to 2,700 times their original weight. Then the caterpillars molt and grow new skin five times, doing their best to survive threats along the way. Readers can watch the caterpillar make a chrysalis and emerge as a butterfly. Along the way, sidebar text provides additional details to help readers understand a butterfly's life. The colorful drawings are realistic with just a hint of cartoon quality; caterpillars almost smile up at readers as they turn the page. Vocabulary words are woven throughout the text with illustrations to demonstrate meaning. The final pages show some endangered and extinct species and offer amazing but true facts. The lively illustrations really bring the text to life. Sure to enchant children as well as their teachers and parents.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 4
This entertaining book allows children to comprehend the complexity of the natural world, and it will encourage their appreciation of butterflies. It is filled with details about behaviors and body parts, e.g., wings have "shimmering scales that overlap like shingles on a roof." Kelly playfully delineates how they eat: "You may not be able to taste a cupcake by standing on it, but a butterfly can!" She characterizes the migration of monarchs and explains the process of metamorphosis by including a dramatic comparison-a monarch caterpillar is 2700 times its original weight in two weeks. "If a newborn baby gained weight that fast, it would weigh eight tons. That's as big as two full-grown rhinos!" The text curves up and down, suggesting the fluttering movement of butterflies. Specific creatures are identified, although the delicate watercolor, gouache, and pen-and-ink artwork is somewhat muted and the colors are not quite as vibrant as one might expect. Nonetheless, this is a delightful book to share with children and would be a splendid resource for reports, even though there is no index.
—Kirsten CutlerCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Almost any five-year-old can tell you the basics of a butterfly's life. The little egg lands on a leaf. The caterpillar hatches, eats an enormous amount, forms a chrysalis and then-a beautiful butterfly! Kelly, in this superb companion to It's a Hummingbird's Life (2003), takes these facts to a detailed and altogether fascinating level. Did you know that a butterfly can taste with its feet? That male Wall Brown butterflies emit a chocolate scent? That when enough caterpillars are eating in a tree, their droppings sound like rain hitting the ground? The watercolor illustrations are clear and vibrant, with different species of butterflies clearly labeled. A book that proves science nonfiction can be accurate, factual and completely engrossing, this is a must for libraries and any curious nature lovers. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823418602
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.44(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.34(d)
Lexile:
AD800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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