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by Yvonne Winer & illustrated by Karen Lloyd-Jones

Age Range: 6 - 9

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 1-57091-446-X
Publisher: Charlesbridge

In a set of large, lavishly detailed, full-bleed watercolors, Lloyd-Jones captures the intricate beauty of more than 15 species of butterflies from around the world. On the opposite page and with equal lyricism, Winer deftly stirs together natural history and an appreciation of their colors and movement through the seasons: “Butterflies frolic / In the brisk autumn breeze, / Mingling with colors / That fall from the trees. / That’s when butterflies fly.” Above each poem the butterfly being featured is singled out for a closer look, helping readers to spot them in the sometimes-camouflaged scene opposite. A key at the back identifies each butterfly by common and scientific name, notes whether or not it’s endangered, and describes its range and habitat. Children who want to know more will find helpful lists of books and Web sites to consult. It’s another lovely close-up look at nature from the creators of Spiders Spin Webs (1998). (Poetry/nonfiction. 6-9)