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From Caterpillar to Butterfly (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 1) Paperback – May 16, 1996

4.8 out of 5 stars 157 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1?Although the drama of metamorphosis has been documented with greater detail in other titles, this presentation stands out because of its classroom setting. The process is seen through the children's eyes as they experience the excitement of observing the wiggly caterpillar, watch it molt, change into a chrysalis, endure the endless waiting, and stare in wonder as a Painted Lady butterfly emerges and dries its wings. The closing pages show the class at the window watching the insect pause on a flower before flying away to begin the life cycle once again. Pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations create a cheerful setting similar in style to those found in Miriam Cohen's books about classroom events. Close-ups show the stages of transformation as captions wend along plant leaves and stems reminiscent of a caterpillar crawling. A small collection of butterflies commonly found in most parts of the U.S. and a list of addresses of butterfly centers are appended. An inviting book that young children can relate to and one that teachers will find valuable to support nature-study projects.?Diane Nunn, Richard E. Byrd Elementary School, Glen Rock, NJ
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“Although the drama of metamorphosis has been documented with greater detail in other titles, this presentation stands out because of its classroom setting… An inviting book that young children can relate to and one that teachers will find valuable to support nature-study projects.” (School Library Journal) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1 (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; English Language edition (May 16, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064451291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064451291
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I use this book every year when we do our butterfly unit in the spring. What's wonderful about it is that it not only teaches the kids all they need to know, but it's set in a classroom. So my students really relate to it. I've used it with every class I've taught from K-3. When I have the budget I buy a copy for every child and they take it home as a souvenir at the end of the unit.
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Format: Paperback
We got this book in addition to a home "Butterfly Pavillion" by InsectLore. It prepared my son and us for what to expect as the Painted Lady Butterflies were developing through each stage. So even during the lulls in the action, we could spark some anticipation. Which heightened the whole process for my 5 year old.
We also found out this book is used at his kindergarten for their butterfly learning.
This is the first Let's-Read-And-Find-Out book we've bought and were impressed enough to want to get the other books in the series.
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Format: Paperback
This book is the perfect accompaniment to spring! Even if you can't bring a caterpillar into your classroom, you can still share the magic and mystery of their turning into butterflies with this wonderful book. The tone is so kid-friendly, kids will be learning without even realizing it. A great resource!
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Format: Paperback
This book is perfect for 3rd grade and under. I normally use it as a read-aloud, although this would be just fine for them on their own. Great book!
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This book is best to use if actually raising butterflies... because that is the perspective the material is taught from. So if you don't want you children to beg you to raise butterflies at home, then I suggest you get another book. If you are going to raise butterflies at home then you can either read the book before raising the butterflies so the child knows what to expect especially to prepare them to be patient in the down times... OR you can save the book to read after releasing the butterflies into the wild to console them or to remember the time together. Giving the book afterward also does not spoil what to expect so watching the butterfly raising is filled with surprise. Either way, re-reading this book after raising butterflies refreshed the memories and learning of the experience. I got the book to go with a butterfly kit for my nephew who is 4 years old, so it works for that purpose.

However, this book is not quite what I had in mind so I will keep looking for something else for my own son. The reason I want to look for something else is simply that the drawings of butterfly stages were rather small at times and not very clear... plus there was very tiny text wrapping around items in the drawings. This made the book hard to follow for the purpose of just learning the life cycle of butterflies. Talking about raising butterflies on their own seemed to take away from just learning about butterflies and their life cycles...

Overall the book does the job, I just wish it was a tiny bit better.
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Format: Hardcover
Excellent account of the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly. It's a great gift for children and butterfly loving adults alike.
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cute, did the job in teaching my kids about butterflies when we were raisin the caterpillars. But its not a book we have ever referred to again. Probably better off going to the library since its a one time read
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By karen on April 21, 2015
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Seemed like a very nice book. I bought it for my husband's granddaughter, she is Six years old. I don't know if she liked it or not. She lives in the city and is afraid of all insects. I thought by telling her about butterflies that she would learn to appreciate the diversity on our planet. Too lofty of a goal for a Six year old. Maybe when she gets older she will appreciate it.
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