A Butterfly Is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long
This third book in their series together continues the beautiful detail and natural information of A Seed Is Sleepy and An Egg Is Quiet. Here the subject is butterflies and the book begins with the egg and caterpillars, moving quickly into metamorphosis with the clear knowledge of where exactly children will be intrigued. The book speaks to butterflies’ roles in pollination as well as their camouflage, drinking, and poisonous capabilities. Readers will be intrigued with the scaly close-up of a butterfly wing and with the long-travels of the migrating monarch. This book is full of great details that will have everyone understanding that butterflies are many things as well as lovely to look at.
Aston and Long create books that have readers lingering. When I share them with my son, we take our time on the pages, talking about our favorite names of the butterflies, our favorite caterpillars, the most lovely butterflies. He has used the fact about butterfly scales on their wings at least twice in conversations I have overheard since we read this. When we found a dead monarch in our driveway, he was elated to be able to touch the wing and talked about how it felt “as soft as air” for a long time afterwards.
These are gateway to science books, offering just the right tone and perfectly selected facts. Add the illustrations that are large, interesting and filled with details. You now have the ideal package to get children interested in the nature right in their own backyards.
If you haven’t read any of these books, run to your library and get them! This is one gorgeous and inviting look at butterflies. Appropriate for ages 6-8.
Reviewed from library copy.
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