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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 1040L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (May 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811864790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811864794
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"A lovely mix of science and wonder." - Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Similar butterfly albums abound, but none show these most decorative members of the insect clan to better advantage" - Kirkus Reviews

"[T]his beautiful book... invites 5- to 10-year-olds to enjoy the variety, complexity and sumptuousness of natural things" - The Wall Street Journal

"This lovely combination of elegant watercolors and lyrical text is both eye-catching and informative" - School Library Journal Starred Review

About the Author

Dianna Hutts Aston is the author of many books for children and is the founder of the nonprofit foundation for disadvantaged children, The Oz Project. She lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Sylvia Long is the illustrator of many best-selling books for children, including Sylvia Long's Mother Goose and Hush Little Baby. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband and their dogs.

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Beautiful illustrations and elegant text.
Krismarie
I LOVE the illustrations in this book, and I love how you learn about so many different species of butterfly.
Erin K.
This is a lovely book and I look forward to reading it with my students.
Elizabeth Desosa

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm a mom that has fairly restricted space when it comes to new books (we have too many!) and so we tend to use the library A LOT, and I tend to like books that have 'lasting power', which is to say that they can be used for a wide age group/a long time.

"A Butterfly is Patient" falls into this long lasting group. It's really lovely, with great illustrations, which is important when it comes to grabbing the attention of little-folk, and it has enough science, cleverly put, that it will be useful for the elementary years as well.

The book really covers all aspects of a butterfly's life: from egg to adult, as well as what the insects eco-niche is, and how it protects itself from predators....

The only shortfall I could find is that there wasn't a map to show off the huge migratory pattern of the Monarch. But other than that small flaw, it's awesome and worth considering for the home or school shelves.

Pam T~
mom/blogger
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 5, 2012
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I bought this book to read aloud to my 2nd graders. We study the life cycle of butterflies every year, so I look for new material to add to the unit to keep it fresh. The artwork is detailed and gorgeous. The words are informative and thoughtful.I was so pleased with it that I ordered the authors other 2 books, An Egg is Quiet and A Seed is Sleepy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ebrungs29 on June 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book. It is so beautifully illustrated and presents such interesting facts about Butterflys.
I think it will surely stimulate an interest in science and learning for any child who reads it. I really could not be more thrilled to have discovered it. Wonderful gift for any child.
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Aston uses human characteristics (creative, helpful, protective, etc.) to describe butterflies in this beautiful book. Those are the parts that I love the most. They're surprising and wonderful. Some of the less surprising elements (A butterfly is...poisonous, thirsty, big, etc.) aren't as enchanting because they're more straightforward. They don't make me say, "Huh?" Still, lots to love here: great information, a surprising approach, and stunning illustrations.
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This book is among a series by Dianna Hutts Aston. Amazingly illustrated by Sylvia Long. My children adore these books; as each book in the series takes them carefully through a part of nature (rocks, seeds, eggs) and its natural cycle. The book cover pages alone are worth a long look, with carefully illustrated seeds/rocks/eggs. Enjoyable education at its best. Beautifully done, these books make excellent thoughtful gifts.
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My daughter, who is 2, loves this book. It's easy to adapt the text for someone her age and just read the larger text. We save the smaller, more detailed text for her quieter moments. Her favorite part, however, is to compare the pictures of caterpillars on the front endpapers to the butterflies they become on the back endpapers. She loves this whole series.
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By ES on February 24, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The illustrations and facts appeal to all ages. I learned several new fun facts about these amazing creations from Dianna Aston's book about butterflies.
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I have been waiting for the next installment of this lovely series and this one doesn't disappoint! The pictures alone are just wonderful! We love butterflies and our acreage living has only made us appreciate these creatures all the more. A gorgeous boo with plenty of interesting, curious and scientific information for kids of all ages!
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More About the Author

Dianna Hutts Aston is the author of Mama's Wild Child / Papa's Wild Child, When You Were Born(Candlewick), and An Egg is Quiet(Chronicle). She lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

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