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Children's LiteratureIn the "Animals of the World" Series, Eckart engages young and struggling readers with vibrant text and expressive photographs depicting unusual creatures of the world. She has selected topics sure to fascinate young minds. Eckart describes physical characteristics, behaviors, living conditions, and interaction with humans. The text also contains easily accessible features common to a nonfiction text, including a table of contents, a pronunciation and definition guide for new words, resources to find out more, and an index. Photographs of the animals bring them to life in various habitats and family groups and help early and struggling readers make connections to the text. In this title, Eckart describes the life of the beautiful monarch butterfly growing from a tiny egg to a caterpillar and finally a butterfly. Photographs capture the lifecycle and the beauty of the butterfly through the seasons. 2005, Children's Press/Scholastic, Ages 4 to 7.
—Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger