×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey
     

Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey

by Loree Griffin Burns, Ellen Harasimowicz (Photographer)
 

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

Overview

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!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
From the green chrysalis on the cover through endpapers with montages of pupae and butterflies, to the opening photo showing a sapphire Blue Morpho butterfly, this science picture book is outstanding. Author and photographer take young entomologists to Costa Rica to visit a butterfly farm that supplies specimens to many educational organizations, including Boston's Museum of Science. Focusing on a butterfly's life cycle—egg, larva, pupa, butterfly—Harasimowicz's beautiful clear photographs lead readers through the metamorphosis as fostered at a farm called El Bosque Nuevo. Following a dirt road through a tropical forest to the farm's greenhouses, viewers see busy workers moving caterpillars, setting out sugar water and fruit for butterflies, and searching for bugs that may get inside and eat caterpillars. Enlarged pictures show the larvae growing and changing. Inside a greenhouse, workers feed the caterpillars until, as pupae, they're hung up on long, colored pins to wait. Some pupae stay at the farm, but many are carefully wrapped in cotton and tissue paper. Workers pack them in boxes covered with silver foil and take them to the local airport for shipping. Kids will love seeing them hanging in the Boston museum and the delighted face of a little girl watching a Blue Morpho emerge as a butterfly. An Author's Note communicates the sense of adventure that author and photographer experienced on their working visits. Final pages explain insect life cycles (not all are the same), provide a glossary, and recommend insect books and websites. Especially useful are tips on visiting a butterfly site: what to take, what to watch for, and how to behave if a butterfly lands on you. Note: rainforest-alliance.org offers good related games and activities for kids. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-15
Beautiful butterflies on view in museums and gardens across North America begin life on farms in Costa Rica. In words and pictures, an experienced author-illustrator team explains the stages of butterfly metamorphosis that allow these popular insects to be raised at El Bosque Nuevo in the Costa Rican forest for the butterfly garden in the Museum of Science in Boston. This large, square album perfectly complements primary-grade butterfly studies. Crisply reproduced photographs show butterflies in all their stages, the greenhouse and other farm buildings where they are bred and grown, farm workers tending the caterpillars and collecting and packing the pupae, and finally, a child in Boston watching an adult butterfly emerge. A relatively simple text explains the insect's life cycle and the production process. Some science vocabulary—exoskeleton, pupa, molt—is defined in context. Only in the two-page backmatter (still aimed at the child reader) does the author use the word metamorphosis. There, she also connects the changes in butterflies to the stages of other insects. There's a map early in the narrative as well as a concluding glossary and appropriate suggestions for further reading and research. Sadly, the intriguing photographs of pupae on the front endpapers and adults on the back aren't labeled. Despite this miscalculation, an otherwise valuable addition to any classroom library. (bibliography, index) (Informational picture book. 6-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761393429
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/2014
Series:
Nonfiction - Grades PreK-4
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
441,256
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews