How Does a Caterpillar Become a Butterfly?

Next week (July 19-27, 2014) is National Moth Week and what better way to celebrate than with a good book like How Does a Caterpillar Become a Butterfly?: And Other Questions about Butterflies (Good Question!) by Melissa Stewart and illustrated by Annie Patterson?

Why a book about butterflies for moth week? Although moths and butterflies are not the same, many of the details in this book about the caterpillars and about metamorphosis overlap between the two. Also, Stewart includes detailed information about how a butterfly is different than a moth on page 24, with a gorgeous photograph of a luna moth to accompany it. The last reason is that people are more likely to relate to day-flying butterflies than to cryptic moths, so many more books are written about butterflies.

Formulated in a question and answer format, the reader can quickly find information to write a report or satisfy curiosity. For example, do you know why the larval stage of a butterfly or moth is called a caterpillar?

caterpillar-for-postAs Stewart points out, the word caterpillar comes from French words meaning “hairy cat.” Isn’t that so much more poetic than some other scientific terms?

The illustrations are also eye catching. Annie Patterson’s delicate watercolors meld nicely with the fabulous full color photographs that are sprinkled throughout.

How Does a Caterpillar Become a Butterfly? is definitely a great book to have on hand for youngsters interested in nature. Pull it out for units on life cycles, insects or to celebrate National Moth Week!

Related:

The Growing with Science website now has information and Hands-On Activities with Butterflies and Moths.

Looking for even more books? Try our freshly updated  list of moth and butterfly books for kids at the Science Books for Kids website.

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Age Range: 7 and up
Grade Level: 1 and up
Series: Good Question!
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books (January 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1454906669
ISBN-13: 978-1454906667

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New Book for Kids: Super Spiders

Super Spiders (Read Me!: Walk on the Wild Side) by Charlotte Guillain starts right out with the important question: “Are you afraid of spiders, or do you find them interesting?” If you fall in the “spiders are amazing” camp, then this is a book for you.

Read to find out what spiders look like, what they eat, and how they spin their webs. Colorful photographs show close-ups of many different kinds of spiders. The big-eyed jumping spiders shown on page 6 are a favorite of mine. They are just adorable.

jumping-spider-101Doesn’t it look like it has eyelashes?

Super Spiders is perfect for future arachnologists, but might also be useful for children who fall closer to Miss Moffett. Often learning about something makes it less frightening, especially insects and spiders.

Looking for books for a unit on spiders? Try our list of Spider Books for Kids at the Science Books for Kids website.

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Other titles in the Walk on the Wild Side series include Amazing Elephants, Mighty Lions, Powerful Polar Bears and Shocking Sharks.

Reading level:  1-3
Series: Read Me!: Walk on the Wild Side
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Raintree (August 14, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1406260886
ISBN-13: 978-1406260885

Disclosures: These book were provided by the publisher for review purposes. Also, I am an affiliate with Amazon so I can provide you with cover images and links to more information about books and products. As you probably are aware, if you click through the highlighted title link and purchase a product, I will receive a very small commission, at not extra cost to you. Any proceeds help defray the costs of hosting and maintaining this website.

 

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How Does a Seed Sprout?: And Other Questions About Plants

Nonfiction superstar author Melissa Stewart has a new book out, How Does a Seed Sprout?: And Other Questions About Plants (Good Question!), illustrated by Carol Schwartz.

Written in a lively question-and-answer format, this book covers basic questions, such as the life cycle of plants, as well as more complex questions, such as why do leaves come in different shapes.

The illustrations are a mix of lovely watercolors by Carol Schwartz and high-quality color photographs.

How does a seed sprout? If the conditions are right, the root develops first and then the shoot grows upwards. This video shows the germination of radish seeds, which germinate relatively quickly. (Note: the music is loud and lively, so you might want to adjust your speakers.)

 

Can you see the root hairs spreading out from the main root? Cool!

Towards the right are three light-colored objects that look like seeds, but they do not germinate. Ask your children why the seeds might not have grown like the others. Perhaps the conditions were not quite right for those particular seeds to grow. Seeds must have the right moisture (not too much and not too little), the right temperature and they most be free of diseases. It is also possible that those particular seeds were just not ready. Some seeds need a resting period before they can grow, or must have the seed coat worn down or softened before they can start the germination process. It is possible they will never grow. As Stewart emphasizes, not all seeds grow into plants.

How Does a Seed Sprout? is a great introduction to the wonderful world of plants. It would be useful as a science or gardening reference, as well as for units on plants or life cycles. Pick up a copy and be inspired to explore the world of plants!

Looking for more books about plants or seeds? Try our list of children’s books about seeds and our list of Gardening/plant science books for kids.

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You also might want to try our Gardening/science for Kids Pinterest board.

Age Range: 7 and up
Grade Level: 1 and up
Series: Good Question!
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books (January 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1454906715
ISBN-13: 978-1454906711

 

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Let’s Build

One of our favorite authors, Sue Fliess, has a new picture book out, Let’s Build, with illustrations by Miki Sakamoto.

Sue truly gets young children, plus has a real flare for rhyming text. The text is fast-paced and gently humorous, as you can see in the book trailer:

Yes, hardware stores do seem to go on for miles! (Although certain DIY types don’t seem to mind that.)

Let’s Build is a quick, lively read for a slow summer day when the kids are looking for something to do. Perhaps it will inspire them to build their own “fort” out of blankets, chairs, and couch cushions.

Other activity suggestions:

For those who want to give something more concrete at try, This Old House has instructions for building a fort they say can be constructed in about three hours. Yes, you could build a fort in a day!

Danae has a great Pinterest Board of Tree Houses and Forts (plus other play structures. Check out the A-frame made out of wooden doors!

Age Range: 3 – 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3rd
Hardcover: 24 pages
Publisher: Two Lions (May 6, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1477847243
ISBN-13: 978-1477847244

Disclosures:  This book was supplied by the publisher for review purposes. I am an affiliate with Amazon so I can provide you with cover images and links to more information about books and products. As you probably are aware, if you click through the highlighted title link and purchase a product, I will receive a very small commission, at not extra cost to you. Any proceeds help defray the costs of hosting and maintaining this website.

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Latino/a Kid Lit Challenge: What Can You Do with a Paleta?

For the 2014 Latin@s in Kid Lit Reading Challenge:

2014-reading-challengeSummer is around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with a book and an ice cold paleta?

What Can You Do with a Paleta? by Carmen Tafolla and illustrated by Magaly Morales is a playful tribute to the fruit-flavored icy treats so popular with Mexican-American children.

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Probably the best way to get the “flavor” of the book is to listen to the marvelous Carmen Tafolla read it.

 

Things to love:

  • The over-sized paper paleta prop the author uses when reading the book. Too cute!
  • All the Spanish words incorporated in English text:  tortillas, fruta, paleta, sarape, barrio, Tio, senora
  •  The yummy acrylic illustrations in warm colors to complement the “cool” topic.

It is obvious that What Can You Do with a Paleta? is as much delicious fun as the treat itself. Help yourself to a copy today!

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Paletas are easy to make because all you need is some fruit, ice pop molds, a blender and a freezer. These watermelon paletas are some of our family favorites, made of seedless watermelon chunks, 1/3 cup orange juice, and a few Tablespoons of sugar (the sugar gives the pops a smoother texture, but may be omitted). Puree all the ingredients in the blender and pour into the paleta molds. Freeze for about four hours.

Looking for more paleta recipes? Visit our paleta Pinterest board for icy goodness!

Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Tricycle Press (April 14, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1582462216
ISBN-13: 978-1582462219

Look for 2014 Latin@s in Kid Lit Reading Challenge books on the third Wednesday of each month. Interested in multicultural children’s books? Follow the our Multicultural Children’s Books pinterest board.

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