Butterflies

Butterflies

Butterflies - a picture book - is a rhyming tale with fascinating facts about our precious and valuable wildlife, whilst bringing to life the cheeky character which children will love. It is a wonderful way to engage children in the natural world and encourages them to play outside and become little explorers.


It is part of the Little Nature Explorers Series.


 

Author: Emma Lawrence
Publisher: Brambleby Books
Year of Publication: 28 July 2017
Format and Pages: Hardback, 32pp
ISBN: 9781908241559
Retail Price: £9.99
Our Discount Price: £8.99

Sample text from Butterflies

A tiny egg is laid on a leaf, luscious and green,


Sometimes ribbed, oval or round, like a mini-bean.


Next comes the larva stage – it’s about to begin!


Out hatches a caterpillar, long, lean and thin.


It has six true legs and ten false ones too.


That’s probably something you never knew!


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Reviews and readers' comments

'Butterflies' is a great bridge between toddler literature such as Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar and more complex reading to be encountered at primary school. - Liam Creedon, Butterfly Conservation.


Butterflies is a delightful little square, hardback picture book in the ‘Little Nature Explorers’ series for young children which, between the text and the drawings, convincingly paints a vivid picture of a butterfly, and of how it develops from an egg to the imago stage. The text, written entirely in rhyming couplets, guides the young reader through the process. The detail-filled drawings, which begin and end with a garden scene, complement the words and add detail that draws the reader’s attention to the habitat in which the butterfly lives, and contain subtle images that capture the imagination and, almost subliminally, suggest how a child could get involved in encouraging butterflies in the garden.


Unlike other books for very young readers there is a one-page index, at the end of the book, so that the creatures and plants they have encountered during their reading can be referred back to. These include various butterfly species (though, sadly, only one unspecified ‘moth’ – but then, I suppose the book is about butterflies!) and different kinds of trees. Cunningly, the creatures mentioned in the index are not always named in the book, so that the reader has to explore the clever drawings on the relevant page and decide for themselves what, for example, a ‘nettle weevil’ looks like. Whilst the drawings offer a voyage of discovery, the narrative too is fact-packed, describing how, for example, a butterfly ‘After hanging around for the wings to dry, / it’s off on its journey up to the sky’ but also mentioning that the ‘…little orange tip loves honesty petals’ and that ‘…the Purple Hairstreak lives high up in oak trees’.  AES Bulletin


 

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