A Butterfly Is Patient Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-12 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 75 user ratings

"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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" Lovely detailed illustrations give tons of information about a large variety of butterflies. " said.

" 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.

" although butterflies aren’t things that i think of daily, many children probably do. this book shows a few facts about butterflies that they may have not known " said.

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

" I loved this book.I am very intrigued by butterflies, so I wanted to get this book. This book has a lot of information about butterflies both good and bad. It has information in this book that informed me of many things about a butterfly. " said.

" This book is all about different butterflies. It goes through and talks about each butterfly and things about them.I loved the illustrations of this book!This would be good to read to children because children are fascinated by butterflies. " said.

"This series of books are a beautiful introduction into some of nature's fascinating transformations. Caterpillars into butterflies. Seeds into plants, trees and flowers. Eggs into birds, fish, bugs, and reptiles. Sand and lava into rocks. Fantastic illustrations by Sylvia Long. Sharing beauty in the small (sometimes tiny!) natural world. #kidsbooksworthreading #kidsbooks #kidsbook #kidlit #childrensliterature #kidsbookstagram #diannahuttsaston #sylvialong #abutterflyispatient #aseedissleepy #aneggisquiet #arockislively" said.

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