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Children's LiteratureWhy do butterflies not fly in a straight line? What are the differences between butterflies and moths? Did you know that caterpillars together eat more total plants than any other kind of animal? The answers to these questions can be found within the pages of this wonderfully descriptive book about butterflies from the "Animals, Animals" series. Schwabacher's incredible pictures and informative text detail the amazing metamorphosis of the butterfly, migration, protective coloration, as well as the dangers facing the butterfly in addition to many more aspects of the life of a butterfly. The reader can learn about the Birdwings, Blue Morphos, Glasswings, Clackers, and Monarchs as well as many other butterfly species. The book begins with a helpful table of contents, outlining the five sections: "Beautiful Butterflies," "The Butterfly Family," "The Big Change," "Butterfly Enemies," and "People and Butterflies." A glossary and index provide the reader with helpful tools to make the information within the book more meaningful and accessible. This book would be best suited for the upper elementary or middle school reader, but its colorful and descriptive illustrations allow application for younger students. This book is a helpful resource for teachers and students studying the butterfly life cycle and animal adaptations. 2004, Benchmark Books, Ages 8 to 15.
—Sarah Nelson DeWald