Waiting for Wings

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Every spring, butterflies emerge and dazzle the world with their vibrant beauty. But where do butterflies come from? How are they born? What do they eat—and how?
With a simple, rhyming text and glorious color-drenched collage, Lois Ehlert provides clear answers to these and other questions as she follows the life cycle of four common butterflies, from their beginnings as tiny hidden eggs and hungry caterpillars to their transformation into full-grown butterflies. Complete with ...

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Overview

Every spring, butterflies emerge and dazzle the world with their vibrant beauty. But where do butterflies come from? How are they born? What do they eat—and how?
With a simple, rhyming text and glorious color-drenched collage, Lois Ehlert provides clear answers to these and other questions as she follows the life cycle of four common butterflies, from their beginnings as tiny hidden eggs and hungry caterpillars to their transformation into full-grown butterflies. Complete with butterfly and flower facts and identification tips, as well as a guide to planting a butterfly garden, this butterfly book is like no other.

But where do butterflies come from? How are they born? What do they eat-and how? With a simple, rhyming text and glorious color-drenched collage, Lois Ehlert provides clear answers to these and other questions...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
...a masterful blend of art and natural science.
Parents Magazine
A college artist with a wondrous command of color and design chronicles the life cycle of butterflies in this visually splendid book. Seeing the larger-than-life images of these flutterers is the next best thing to having one on your shoulder.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ehlert (Hands; Market Day) again spreads her creative wings to deliver this inventively designed picture book about caterpillars' metamorphosis into butterflies. Nestled against a verdant spring-garden backdrop formed by the front end paper and opening page, readers will find a small book within the book. On each of the smaller pages, which are artistic extensions of the main background spread, Ehlert unfolds a rhyming text explaining how caterpillars lay eggs and form "a case in which to grow" before "wings unfold; new butterflies are born!" A series of half and full pages show the brilliant butterflies taking wing, flitting among bold cut-paper-collage flowers in vibrant pinks, purples, yellows, reds and oranges. The brief and cheery tone serves as an inviting introduction into a fascinating life cycle. Several closing pages contain detailed information on butterflies, a visual glossary for butterfly and flower identification (including ways of recognizing butterflies by their caterpillar and chrysalis markings) and suggestions for growing a butterfly garden. On the whole, Ehlert soars with a masterful blend of art and natural science. A must for budding lepidopterists. Ages 3-7. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From The Critics
Bold, beautiful colors help to make this unusual book a standout. The pages are different sizes and help the story unfold. Information and identification details about butterflies will provide an introduction for young children. A grand book! 2001, Harcourt Brace & Company, $17.00. Ages 3 mo. to 8. Reviewer: C. Henebry SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
From The Critics
Bold. Brilliant. Beautiful. Young readers will delight in learning about the life cycle of the butterfly as they feast their eyes and ears on Lois Ehlert's cut-paper collages and gentle rhymes. The book is designed in a magical way that allows the reader to turn eight horizontal half-size pages, changing only the lower half of the full-book illustration. During the reading of this book and the fascinating page turning, young listeners and watchers may look up and say, "Hey, how did you do that?" In amiable rhyme, the half pages tell about butterfly eggs, caterpillars that creep and chew, cocoons filled with creatures that "wait for wings," and at last, the birth of the butterflies. The full-size pages show the butterflies' search for food, their feasting on flower blossoms, and their return to the fields to lay their eggs. Near the end of the book, two pages of brilliant illustrations help the reader identify frequently seen butterflies: the Painted Lady, the Buckeye, the Monarch, and the Tiger Swallowtail. Another page illustrates the parts of the butterfly, and across from that page are illustrations of blossoms favored by butterflies. In unrhymed prose, the book's final page gives the reader information on planting and growing a butterfly garden and--"waiting for wings." Award-winning author/illustrator, Lois Ehlert, grew up in a home where everyone was always making something--cutting, stitching, painting, and pasting. Lois frequently chose cut-paper collages to help her create just the right textures and colors to illustrate her words. Today, she works in her home studio where everything she needs to create a collage is right at her fingertips. A work of distinction, Waiting ForWings will delight both reader and listener as each re-reading may reveal some overlooked and surprising new aspect of this many-faceted book. 2001, Harcourt, $17.00. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer: Dorothy Francis SOURCE: The Five Owls, September/October 2001 (Vol. 16, No. 1)
Children's Literature
In brief, simple verses and large type, Ehlert traces the life cycle of the butterfly, from egg through caterpillar and chrysalis to glorious emergence and flight to the garden. There they "dip and sip" and find a place to lay their eggs for another cycle. The artist's cut papers, as forecast on the cover, are brilliantly colored, in keeping with the subjects of butterflies and flowers. In the beginning, graduated half-pages tell the story of the caterpillars on the stems of unchanging flowers. Then large white pages are flooded with Ehlert's interpretations of blossoms and wings. The masses of petals plus the stunning butterfly wing patterns dazzle the eyes. This visual tribute to nature's handiwork is supplemented with facts about butterflies and flowers, plus information about how to grow a butterfly garden. 2001, Harcourt, $17.00. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Both books are well-documented resources for identifying butterflies and the plants that attract them. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Child Magazine
A Child Magazine Best Book of 2001 Pick

A profusion of garden-bright color greets young naturalists curious to learn more about the life cycle of butterflies. The pages start out small when the focus is on caterpillars, then expand to accommodate the winged beauties. A vibrant afterword includes butterfly and flower facts.

Kirkus Reviews
With each spread opening to an explosion of bright, gorgeous color, Ehlert (Market Day, 2000, etc.) takes a close-up look at the life stages of four butterflies, all of which are seen amidst a profusion of the plant life on which they subsist. Several shorter split pages, lining up with the stems and flowers on the standard-sized pages add extra measures of suspense and surprise as the author tracks her subjects' physical changes. The next set includes long, narrow pages that follow the flight to the flower garden. There, readers will need sunglasses to view the extravagantly hued varieties of butterfly-attracting flowers. Finished with the story, fanciers will find two pages on identification, more detailed descriptive information, and advice about starting a butterfly garden. (But don't remove those sunglasses.) Unfortunately, the main text-a singsong jingle-doesn't measure up to the eye-popping art. In order to serve the rhyme, Ehlert repeatedly has her butterflies "eat" nectar, even though, as explained in the appendix, they actually drink it-but this still makes a riveting introduction to the science and (visually at least) the poetry of these splendidly attired insects. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152026080
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 237,485
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD160L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

LOIS EHLERT has created many picture books, including Leaf Man, Pie in the Sky, In My World, Growing Vegetable Soup, Planting a Rainbow, and the bestselling Waiting for Wings. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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  • Posted June 12, 2009

    Great Book!

    My 3 year old picked this book out at the library & loved it soo much we had to buy our own copy after it was over a month overdue!!! It explains the butterfly life cycle in an easy, rhythmic way. The pictures are so pretty...my daughter memorized the story & all the butterfly info at the end of it...like the 4 types of butterflies they go over & the flowers that attract butterflies. Really a great book...she learned a lot without realizing it...plus she tells everyone all about butterflies!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2009

    Fun book to read with your child.

    The pictures in this book are what attracted us to buy it for our 3 month old daughter. They are bright and big! The story is easy to read and we look forward to when she will read it to us.

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