- Age Range: 6 - 10 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 5
- Lexile Measure: AD1040L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 24, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0689868294
- ISBN-13: 978-0689868290
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #967,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bird, Butterfly, Eel Hardcover – February 24, 2009
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PreSchool-Grade 3—This unusual introduction to animal migration starts on a New England farm, which is home to a monarch butterfly, a barn swallow, and an American eel. During the summer, the creatures prepare for the long journey ahead. In fall, they travel more than a thousand miles to complete the next stage of their lives. Eventually, their offspring return to the same farm to recommence the cycle. The striking watercolor illustrations effectively introduce the animals in their habitats. Often the page layout, divided into three horizontal bands, reminds viewers of the parallel existence of bird, butterfly, and eel. The double-page map showing their respective journeys emphasizes the vast distances they migrate. Two pages of author notes supply fascinating information that older readers might use to expand their own knowledge or answer questions of curious listeners. A well-designed and useful resource to pique curiosity about an amazing aspect of the lives of many animals.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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On a New England farm in the summer, a monarch butterfly flits about, laying her eggs on milkweed plants in the meadow, while an eel swims and eats in the pond and a swallow tends her young in the rafters of the barn. Autumn arrives, and each begins a journey to a warmer place: Bird flies to Argentina, Butterfly flies to Mexico, and Eel swims down a creek and across the Atlantic to the Sargasso Sea. When spring comes to the farm, Bird, Butterfly, and Eel (or, as the appended notes clarify, their descendants) return. Apart from a couple of incongruous bits of anthropomorphism, the text tells what is happening in a concise, straightforward manner. Double-page paintings illustrate the animals and their habitats in broad, horizontal scenes. One particularly nice panel clearly depicts eight stages as a caterpillar changes into a butterfly. The book concludes with two pages of information on the three species. A satisfying addition to classroom units on migration. Grades K-3. --Carolyn Phelan
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They are all continuing their individual lifestyles from early spring through the summer and into the fall, when it is time for yet another change. It will soon be cold and they will have to leave the farm and begin a long journey to the south. Along the way they will briefly meet other creatures before going on their on paths. Later on in the spring they will return to the farm.
This beautiful book gently takes the reader through the yearly cycle of three creatures often seen on a farm. The artwork is graceful, beautiful and bright when called for and more muted as needed. For example the barn is shadowy and dark, but the ocean scenery has vibrant blue hues. In the back of the book are facts about each creature and tells why they migrate and do not stay on the farm.
Their journeys are shown in lovely paintings by the author, often in a "split screen" format for comparison and contrast. Scenes from their original home on the New England farm (with a black barn cat) are depicted for seasonal contrast.
Eventually, the animals (or their descendants) return to the farm. We see the cycle start again. There is an excellent appendix (also illustrated) of real facts about these animals. A beautiful book on the theme of change and cycles.