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An Unusual Butterfly Journey

  • Interest Level: Grade 1 - Grade 4   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Some farms grow vegetables or grains, and some raise cows, sheep, chickens, or pigs. But have you ever heard of a butterfly farm? How do you raise a butterfly?

On a farm in Costa Rica, workers care for these delicate, winged creatures as they change from eggs to caterpillars to pupae. Like any other crop, the butterflies will eventually leave the farm. But where will they go? And just how do you ship a butterfly?

Very carefully! To discover how it works, follow these butterflies on a remarkable journey!

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-0-76139-342-9
$26.65 $19.99
978-1-46772-542-2
$39.99 $29.99
Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Animals, Science, STEM
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2014-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.5
BISACS JNF051150, JNF033000, JNF003250
Dewey 595.78'9
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Lexile 850
ATOS Reading Level 4.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 162789
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Awards

  • Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee, Nominated, 2016
  • Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards Master List, Long-listed, 2015
  • Maryland Blue Crab Award, Winner, 2015
  • Cybils Finalist, Nominated, 2015
  • Building STEAM with Día Book List, Winner, 2015
  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2015
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2015
  • AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books Finalist, Short-listed, 2014
  • NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, Winner, 2014
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, Winner, 2014

Reviews

The Horn Book Magazine

“Detailed discussion of each stage in the butterfly life cycle—egg, larva, pupa, and adult—is accompanied by wonderfully sharp, close-up photographs that show intricate structural details.” —The Horn Book Magazine

Booklist

“Using proper terminology, Burns writes clearly about the butterfly’s life cycle….Throughout the book, crisp, nicely composed photos offer excellent views of the butterflies, people, and places mentioned.” —Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“This large, square album perfectly complements primary-grade butterfly studies…. [A] valuable addition to any classroom library.” —Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“Crisp, full-page photographs capture each impressive stage of the butterfly’s journey….This fascinating topic, rarely featured for a young audience, offers an accessible, visual delight.” —starred, School Library Journal

Author: Loree Griffin Burns

Loree Griffin Burns is the author of Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam and the Science of Ocean Motion—an ALA Notable Book for Children, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, and winner of an IRA Children's Book Award. She was shocked to learn that butterflies at the live exhibit near her home in Massachusetts had come from Central America. She and photographer Ellen Harasimowicz spent two unforgettable weeks researching the full story at El Bosque Nuevo, a butterfly farm in Costa Rica. The pair have collaborated on two other award-winning books for children. Visit Loree online at www.loreeburns.com.

Illustrator: Ellen Harasimowicz

Ellen Harasimowicz is a freelance photographer in the Boston area. She has collaborated with Loree Griffin Burns on two other children's books—The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe and Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard—both of which received the Science Books & Films Prize for Excellence in Science Books. For the past several years, Ellen has raised butterflies at her home in Massachusetts, photographing their life cycles and sharing the caterpillars and pupae with young children. Visit her online at www.ellenharasimowicz.com.

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Handle with Care

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