Some farms grow vegetables or grains, and some raise cows, sheep, chickens, or pigs. But have you ever heard of a butterfly farm? How do you raise a butterfly?
On a farm in Costa Rica, workers care for these delicate, winged creatures as they change from eggs to caterpillars to pupae. Like any other crop, the butterflies will eventually leave the farm. But where will they go? And just how do you ship a butterfly?
Very carefully! To discover how it works, follow these butterflies on a remarkable journey!
About the Author
Loree Griffin Burns is the author of Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam and the Science of Ocean Motionan ALA Notable Book for Children, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, and winner of an IRA Children's Book Award. She was shocked to learn that butterflies at the live exhibit near her home in Massachusetts had come from Central America. She and photographer Ellen Harasimowicz spent two unforgettable weeks researching the full story at El Bosque Nuevo, a butterfly farm in Costa Rica. The pair have collaborated on two other award-winning books for children. Visit Loree online at www.loreeburns.com.
Ellen Harasimowicz is a freelance photographer in the Boston area. She has collaborated with Loree Griffin Burns on two other children's booksThe Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe and Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyardboth of which received the Science Books & Films Prize for Excellence in Science Books. For the past several years, Ellen has raised butterflies at her home in Massachusetts, photographing their life cycles and sharing the caterpillars and pupae with young children. Visit her online at www.ellenharasimowicz.com.