Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Review - A Butterfly is Patient

Chronicle Books, ages 5-10, 40p
Hardcover, ISBN 9780811864794
The creators of the award-winning An Egg Is Quiet and A Seed Is Sleepy have teamed up again to create this gorgeous and informative introduction to the world of butterflies. From iridescent blue swallowtails and brilliant orange monarchs to the worlds tiniest butterfly (Western Pygmy Blue) and the largest (Queen Alexandra's Birdwing), an incredible variety of butterflies are celebrated here in all of their beauty and wonder.

My kids love nothing more than to play outdoors and this inevitably leads to them asking me many many questions. Some like, "what butterfly is this?" I'm now better able to answer thanks to this book which I received for review recently from Chronicle Books.


Along with beautiful pictures of butterflies plus their names, the book has a simple yet picturesque way of describing how a butterfly comes to be - from a simple egg to a caterpillar to a chrysalis, to finally emerging as a gorgeous butterfly. This visual method is just right to capture a growing child's vivid imagination like it did my son's whose questions about the metamorphosis process were seemingly unending. There's a lot of information provided about the varied kinds of butterflies from the most common to the most exotic, how they're different from moths etc.

Overall, it's a great book to get children interested in aspects of science, biology and nature.

Note - This book was received for review/feature consideration.
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