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Wings of Light: The Migration of the Yellow Butterfly

Wings of Light: The Migration of the Yellow Butterfly

by Stephen R. Swinburne, Bruce Hiscock (Illustrator)

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Boyds Mills Press publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction


Boyds Mills Press publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction

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Children's Literature
The migration of the Cloudless Sulphur or Yellow Butterfly becomes a flight of fancy and one of science in this impressive nonfiction book. One specific butterfly is followed through its own migration, while migration of a whole group is also told. Dangers the butterflies encounter in everyday life and in eating and sleeping are covered. Wandering traits of the breed are also presented. A center spread map with accompanying text easily explains the migration patterns of the southern butterflies. Gentle and vivid realistic watercolor illustrations stretch out for a page and a half of each two-page spread. The art enhances the poignant text lines filled with excellent action verbs. Some of the illustrations contain a positive feature in which art seeps out of one side of an otherwise framed picture. One illustration of particular interest offers the perspective of looking up into a forest and seeing the butterflies as they flutter up and out of the canopy. Readers will be in awe of this flitting critter that weighs less than a dime and can fly 2,000 miles. 2006, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 6 up.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-On a summer morning "a yellow butterfly with a notch in its wing, sliced by a bird's beak, flutters across the sunbeams" of a Yucat n rain forest. So begins this account of the long, hazardous journey that some cloudless sulphur butterflies make to mate and lay their eggs somewhere in the eastern United States. Sunny watercolor views soften the arduous trek that will scatter the surviving butterflies and take the featured male all the way to southern Vermont. Unlike most animal migrations, this is a one-way trip, and not all of the species migrate. Explanation in a concluding author's note is not entirely clear on these matters. This is a travel story, complete with a map that creates an impression of the butterfly's migration and life cycle. A simple introduction to migration for younger readers.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Prompted, perhaps, by overcrowding in its home in the Yucatan, a cloudless sulphur butterfly journeys through the rainforest, over the Gulf of Mexico and across a helpful map of the U.S., passing ponies on Assateague Island and sheltering from a storm in New York's Central Park, before arriving in southern Vermont, where it will mate and die. Its offspring are shown hatching on a cassia plant in the garden where they will spend their lives. The careful reader of the backmatter will realize that this is a one-way journey; unlike the monarch, these butterflies do not fly south, but this is not stated directly in the text. Realistic watercolor illustrations cross page boundaries and details escape into the margins and the area reserved for the evocative text, an imitation of the butterflies' action as they erupt from their normal habitat and spread northward. Young readers will come away with a sense of wonder and admiration for the frail creature's remarkable flight. (author's note) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)

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Highlights Press
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Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Stephen Swinburne is the author of many books, including Saving Manatees, a Society of School Librarians International Honor Book, and Wiff and Dirty George: The Z.E.B.R.A. Incident. He lives in South Londonderry, Vermont.

Bruce Hiscock has written and illustrated many books for children that deal with nature and wildlife. He lives in Porter Corners, New York.

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