Let the scientist in every child take wing.
One day Miss Dana brings a surprise to school―three striped caterpillars and a flowerpot full of milkweed. Her students can't believe that these tiny, wriggling creatures less than an inch long will grow into butterflies, fragile beauties strong enough to fly thousands of miles to their winter home in Mexico.
And so begins a magical month of metamorphosis. The children observe and draw the changes they see as the caterpillars transform themselves right before their eyes. When the newly formed butterflies break free of their chrysalises, it is time for the class to let them go find their place in the world.
This captivating concept book simply and eloquently invites young children to witness and celebrate the cycle of life.
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Anne Rockwell is an acclaimed creator of innumerable children's books. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Megan Halsey's charming illustrations can also be found in Four Seasons Make a Year; Two Blue Jays; Becoming Butterflies; Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night; and One Bean. She lives in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania.From Booklist:
Ages 4-7. Armed with three caterpillars and a flowerpot of milkweed, Miss Dana engages her class in a project: watching caterpillars become monarch butterflies. A personable student describes what happens--from feeding the caterpillars and the building of the chrysalis to the butterflies' hatching and release. The project continues as the students correspond with students in Mexico, where most monarch butterflies traditionally migrate. Metamorphosis information is presented in an age-appropriate way. Children will easily relate to the narrator's lively descriptions and youthful perspective ("ick!"), as well as to the impatience and their wonder as the beautiful butterflies finally appear. Cheerful watercolor and collage art, figurative though simplistic, nicely captures both the process and kids' reactions. An endnote briefly discusses monarchs, and there's a Web site address where more information can be found. The endpapers are labeled drawings of other types of butterflies and their corresponding caterpillars. An accessible introduction to an intriguing classroom or home project. Shelle Rosenfeld
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Book Description Walker Childrens, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110802787975
Book Description Walker Childrens. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0802787975 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0371374
Book Description Walker Childrens, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Megan Halsey (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0802787975