BECOMING BUTTERFLIES by Anne Rockwell

BECOMING BUTTERFLIES

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 5 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

The creators of One Bear (1998) and Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night (1999) turn in another polished take on a perennial classroom science topic. After their teacher brings in a potted milkweed and a mail-order kit, a group of children watch three caterpillars eat, grow, form chrysalises, and emerge as monarch butterflies. Halsey’s pictures, all neat lines and cheery faces, are constructed by layering cutout paper figures, for a low-relief effect that adds visual interest without compromising each scene’s simplicity. After the butterflies are released, the children write to a class in Mexico, and get a letter, with a photo of a butterfly-covered twig, in return. Rockwell expands on the teacher’s matter-of-fact explanations of what’s going on at each stage with a helpful note, and Halsey depicts ten other named, common butterflies, both in mature and caterpillar form, on the endpapers. Though not detailed enough to be an instruction manual, this is good to go for general background reading, nutritious fodder for newly hatched lepidopterists, or as a storytime prelude to Sam Swope’s infectious Gotta Go! Gotta Go! (2000). (Picture book nonfiction. 5-7)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-8027-8797-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Walker
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2002




MORE BY ANNE ROCKWELL

ChildrenHEY, CHARLESTON! by Anne Rockwell
by Anne Rockwell
ChildrenTRUCK STOP by Anne Rockwell
by Anne Rockwell
ChildrenAT THE SUPERMARKET by Anne Rockwell
by Anne Rockwell

MORE BY MEGAN HALSEY

ChildrenVALENTINE BE MINE by Jacqueline Farmer
by Jacqueline Farmer
ChildrenCOUSINS OF CLOUDS by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
ChildrenSTEADY HANDS by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenNIBBLES' GARDEN by Charlotte Middleton
by Charlotte Middleton