A Butterfly Is Patient
by Dianna Hutts Aston

Price at time of review: $16.99
Chronicle Books
San Francisco, CA
2011
ISBN: 9780811864794


Grade Level: 3-5

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer
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Excellent facts and illustrations enhance this NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Book. Despite the use of a term that connotes a human trait ("patience") the text describes accurate behaviors of butterflies in a way that invites discussion of adaptations for survival.

A wide variety of species are illustrated, from iridescent blue swallowtails and brilliant orange monarchs, to the world's tiniest butterfly (Western Pygmy Blue) and the largest (Queen Alexandra's Birdwing). This variety will inspire young observers to note the diversity of species in their own backyard.

This book has many potential uses in the elementary classroom. The limited text is ideal for sharing in a circle or at a station, and for encouraging links to language arts such as poetry or journaling. The visual elegance of the illustrations will encourage art projects centering around the familiar butterflies and moths that children can observe and record with pencil or camera. Other illustrations provide sequences of metamorphosis and details of tiny egg cases, and deserve projection for class discussions.


Review posted on 1/19/2012


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