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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Series: Place for (Quality Paper)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers; Reprint edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561455717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561455713
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 10 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5–This is a slender, pictorial introduction to the idea that various butterflies rely on specialized habitats for survival, and that humans can affect the balance of these delicate environments. Stewart describes the niche butterflies fill as pollinators and their importance in complex food chains, and offers tips on helping these fragile flutterers continue to decorate our landscapes. Even more interesting are the 11 species she presents as prime residents in various locales, including the familiar Monarch and rarer individuals such as the Palos Verdes Blue. Bond's realistic acrylics keep colorful step, recording charred forests, serene pastures, and placid ponds with natural beauty, placing the starred butterflies and their caterpillars in their preferred locations. Pair this title with Eve Bunting's Butterfly House (Scholastic, 1999) for additional beauty or team it with Jonathan P. Latimer and Karen Stray Nolting's Caterpillars and/or Butterflies (both Houghton, 2000). Eye-catching and informative.–Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.

From Booklist

K-Gr. 3. Each double-page spread in this fully illustrated book introduces a butterfly habitat, while a sidebar spotlights a particular species that lives there. In each case, human intervention helped the butterfly survive. For instance, when foresters let wildfires burn in a wooded area, the lupines that grew enabled Karner blue butterflies to find the food they needed. When conservationists stopped using insecticides to kill mosquitoes in certain areas of Florida, the Schau swallowtails made a comeback. The introductory spread shows the life cycle of a butterfly, and the last spread suggests ways that children can help these insects, such as growing a butterfly garden. A short list of books (and one Web site) is appended. Rich with color and detail, Bond's paintings of varied ecosystems offer plenty for children to see while they learn the facts about butterflies and the accessible message about conservation. Carolyn Phelan
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.

More About the Author

Melissa Stewart has written more than 100 science books for young readers. While gathering information for her books, Melissa has hiked in tropical rain forests, gone on safari in Africa, and swum with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands. She can't imagine any better job! Visit Melissa's website at www.melissa-stewart.com or track her at twitter.com/mstewartscience.

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Very colorful and information is laid out well.
Diane
They will learn about much more than butterflies; children will come away with an understanding of how human behavior can affect the natural world.
Heather B. Lang
Delightfully detailed paintings by Higgins Bond provide an exquisite accompaniment.
JAJC

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. January on April 1, 2006
Format: School & Library Binding
Our daughter loves this book! She started to read it because she was interested in butterflies, but the text not only discusses butterflies, it explains how they have an enormous impact on other living things. As a result, the young reader comes away with a deep understanding of how the natural world works. The book is about more than just butterflies. The illustrations are also excellent. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 12, 2006
Format: School & Library Binding
Award-winning children's book author Melissa Stewart presents A Place For Butterflies, a picturebook beautifully illustrated by Higgins Bond with realistic, full-color art of butterfly species and the lush natural environments they inhabit. Each two-page spread features a couple sentences about butterflies, a sidebar about a specific butterfly species, and artwork of a typical home for that species ranging from forests to lush open fields. A Place For Butterflies is written to instill love and appreciation for these marvelous insects, and a final section about helping butterflies warns against catching or keeping them, or spraying chemicals that could harm them.
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By Annesf on November 10, 2010
Format: School & Library Binding
Having been given A Place for Butterflies as a gift, my children and I became enamored of Melissa Stewart's writing. Her concise, simple language structure is rhythmic and flowing. Her facts about butterflies and their habitat -- and the necessity to preserve that habitat -- show how the natural world is affected by human behavior and how each of us can help the butterfly in simple ways. Each page of illustrations is as beautiful as the illustration on the cover.

We went on to A Place for Birds, A Place for Frogs (Great!), Under the Snow, When it Rains, etc. Each book shows the hidden behaviors of nature's creatures and the interconnectedness of each of us with the natural world. The books are positive, hopeful and entertaining. (Oh, no, the readers don't realize they are being educated!) We give these books for birthday gifts and teacher gifts for the classroom. The gratitude is always heartfelt.
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This is one of the best butterfly books I've seen for children. They will learn about much more than butterflies; children will come away with an understanding of how human behavior can affect the natural world. Melissa Stewart successfully tackles the tough task of introducing children to environmental concerns without being heavy-handed. Her tone is hopeful and the text gives readers a true appreciation for butterflies and their ecosystems. The book is written in simple rhythmic language with two levels of text. Young children can read the easier text, while older children, a parent, or a teacher can read the higher level text. This promotes a valuable shared reading experience. The book ends with some practical suggestions of things kids can do to help butterflies.
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By Joannie Duris on December 11, 2010
Format: School & Library Binding
A unique look at twelve butterflies of North America and their different needs for survival. Through multi-layered text, even the youngest readers discover what people have done to both harm and help these beautiful insects, and how other plants and animals depend on butterflies for their own survival. The illustrations include views of each caterpillar--from bright stripes to hairy to just plain strange looking! The lushly detailed artwork also begs for further exploration of the different habitats. Things readers can do to help protect butterflies are listed at the end of the book. Curriculum guides and other activities related to the book can be found on the author's website, [...]
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