A Butterfly Is Patient Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-05-10 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 75 user ratings

"When it comes to selecting truly great picture books to use in the classroom, judging a book by its cover may actually be an honest depiction of the quality of book as a whole. Because illustrations play a huge role in the makings of great picture books, they should be beautiful and fun to look at, but should also be able to stand alone in regards to telling the story or portraying the facts. The writing, in addition, cannot be mediocre. Bad writing, in any book, can destroy the attention and interest of whoever the audience is. When good writing is married with amazing illustrations, a picture book worth sharing over and over again is born.
It is with these qualifiers in mind that I recommend A Butterfly Is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long. The amazingly detailed paintings on each page are enough to keep any non-reader engaged and enthusiastic and the poetic and informative writing fulfills a reader’s quest for knowledge while leaving room to explore for the inquiring mind.
I can imagine this book being used in a plethora of ways in the classroom. It is great for an informational read aloud, as well as a guided reading level N independent reading book. It can be used as a mentor text for reading and writing, not to mention the many ways it can be linked to science and social studies. It fits nicely in an early childhood classroom, but can be appreciated in an older elementary and middle school room. All of these factors make A Butterfly is Patient a great addition to any classroom library shelf.
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"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.
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"1) Velma Gratch & the way cool butterfly, Alan Madison & Kevin Hawkes, 2007

2) Velma Gratch & the way cool butterfly is a fun and creative twin for A Butterfly is Patient. The book reinforces vocabulary along with presenting butterfly information in a creative way. Students can relate to the desire to be noticed and stand out from their family members. Velma’s need develops into a passion for a butterfly. The book presents the information in a variety of text presentations. The class may want to return to A Butterfly is Patient to identify the same butterflies that are represented in both books.

3) A Butterfly is Patience is presented in a questions & answer structure format. I would describe it as a statement and proof. Each page offers a simple title statement then goes on to give details on why the statement is true.

The text strategies I would use for this nonfiction book is activating prior knowledge and the RAN strategy. Students would brainstorm what they already know of about butterflies. The classroom would document their results and follow up with the clarifying the student’s input into correct columns. This book does contain a lot of information so extra time for clarification may be needed. The illustrations may help with the beginning stages of activating prior knowledge of the topic.

4) A Butterfly is Patient
(2011,October 07). Horn Book Guide

Velma Gratch & the way cool butterfly
(2007, December 01). School Library Journal
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"1. "Glasswings" by Elisha Kleven, 2013.

2. I chose "Glasswings" as my twin text because it was a very uplifting story with a positive message and beautiful artistry, which seemed perfect for this lower age-level of 4-6 year olds. There is a hint of science that glosses over the process of pollination, but yet it remains a fun fiction piece. "Glasswings" is a book that will catch the attention of young students and interest them in the subject of butterflies, and "A Butterfly is Patient" is a book that will expand on that interest by providing a vast array of learning opportunities and a large variety of butterflies for students to learn about within its pages.

3. This book is organized in a chronological fashion, but also has aspects that are purely descriptive as well and don't necessarily fit into the specific timeline. Overall, it eases its way through the life of a butterfly from the its first moments of life and growth as a caterpillar, until it molts, creates a cocoon, and transforms into a butterfly. There are a verity of traits of this insect that are described throughout, so young readers will get to capitalize on that knowledge as well. Prior knowledge would be a worthwhile way to combine these two texts. At this age, if insects are covered in a specific science lesson or are maybe a part of another aspect of the curriculum, it would be exciting for young readers to work on recall skills and bring back that information to put it to use in a different setting.

4. (August 1, 2011). Booklist.

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"At one point in the new book A Butterfly Is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long, the author writes, "A butterfly is spectacular!" As you read it you immediately want to echo, "This book is spectacular, too!"
The team of Aston and Long have already written and illustrated two award-winning books, An Egg is Quiet and A Seed is Sleepy. This new addition is even better, if that is possible. How do you top perfection? They found a way.

Start with the front endpapers, a collection of vibrant caterpillars with names like "Moonlight Jewel" and "Hieroglyphic Flat." Skip to the back endpapers and you will find equally vibrant illustrations of the butterflies that come from those caterpillars. You can spend hours studying the endpapers alone.

Aston packs some hard science into the text, using words such as pollination, camouflage, predator, and migration. She has obviously done her research. It is so lyrically written, however, that learning is beautiful. Each and every page is a delight.

Looking for a gift book? As well as being a high quality, enjoyable, and informative picture book for children, the glorious art and design of A Butterfly Is Patient make it a potential coffee table art book for adults (albeit a thin one). Yes, it is that good. This book is a must for libraries, for children interested in science, and anyone interested in nature.

Don't be as patient as a butterfly, go check out a copy for yourself today! I'd love to hear what you think of it.

See My review at Wrapped in Foil
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"Kirkus Review: Another interwoven flight of poetry, natural history and lovely art from the creators of An Egg Is Quiet (2006) and A Seed Is Sleepy (2007). Beneath hand-scripted headers that sometimes take license with facts but create lyrical overtones (“A butterfly is creative”), Aston offers specific and accurate descriptions of metamorphosis, pollination, camouflage, migration and other butterfly features and functions, along with the differences between butterflies and moths. Imagination-stretching comparisons—“monarchs weigh only as much as a few rose petals,” the wingspan of the Arian Small Blue is “about the length of a grain of rice”—lend wings to the body of facts, and though the author avoids direct mention of reproduction or death, a quick closing recapitulation that harks back to the opening page’s hatching egg provides an artful hint of life’s cyclical pattern. With finely crafted, carefully detailed close-up watercolors, Long depicts dozens of caterpillars and butterflies, each one posed to best advantage, unobtrusively labeled and so lifelike that it’s almost a surprise to page back and find them in the same positions. Similar butterfly albums abound, but none show these most decorative members of the insect clan to better advantage.

Recommendation: I would recommend this book to teachers and students. Each page is themed out with illustrations and information pertaining to butterflies that falls into the theme of the page. Teachers could use it to teach main idea, have students write a main idea statement for each page based on the theme, the information provided, and the illustrations used. Science teachers could use the book when teaching about butterflies and insect life cycles. Due to the vast amount of information about butterflies, it would also be a good reference book for children to use when researching butterflies.

Recommended Age: 8 and up

• 2012 – NCBLA – Notable Children’s Book in English Language Arts
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" my 3 kids and I enjoyed reading this book. I found myself learning some new things as well. the illustrations were beautiful. I would recommend this book to others. " said.

" Plan to buy this one. My mother would have loved this book! " said.

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