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Becoming butterflies / by Anne Rockwell ; pictures by Megan Halsey.

Rockwell, Anne F. (Author).
Book Book (2002.)
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill., col. maps ; 24 cm.
Publisher: New York : Walker & Company, 2002.
11 of 11 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
0 current holds with 11 total copies.
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Beverly Main Children's Nonfiction Child QL 544.2 .R635 2002 (Text to Phone) Available -
Everett - Parlin Memorial Children's Nonfiction 595.78/Rockwell (Text to Phone) Available -
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Lynnfield Children's Nonfiction Children's / QL 544.2 .R635 2001 (Text to Phone) Available -
Marblehead Children's Nonfiction J 595.789 ROCKWELL (Text to Phone) Available -
Phillips OWHL Children's Collection - Age 4-6 Children's Collection R593B (Text to Phone) Available -
Reading Children's Nonfiction CHILDREN'S 595.76 R (Text to Phone) Available -
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  • ISBN: 0802787975
  • ISBN: 0802787983 (reinforced) :
Summary: A class observes the various stages caterpillars go through to become butterflies.
Citation: Rockwell, Anne F. "Becoming butterflies." New York : Walker & Company, 2002.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Monthly Selections - #2 March 2002
    Ages 4-7. Armed with three caterpillars and a flowerpot of milkweed, Miss Dana engages her class in a project: watching caterpillars become monarch butterflies. A personable student describes what happens--from feeding the caterpillars and the building of the chrysalis to the butterflies' hatching and release. The project continues as the students correspond with students in Mexico, where most monarch butterflies traditionally migrate. Metamorphosis information is presented in an age-appropriate way. Children will easily relate to the narrator's lively descriptions and youthful perspective ("ick!"), as well as to the impatience and their wonder as the beautiful butterflies finally appear. Cheerful watercolor and collage art, figurative though simplistic, nicely captures both the process and kids' reactions. An endnote briefly discusses monarchs, and there's a Web site address where more information can be found. The endpapers are labeled drawings of other types of butterflies and their corresponding caterpillars. An accessible introduction to an intriguing classroom or home project. ((Reviewed March 15, 2002)) Copyright 2002 Booklist Reviews
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2002 February #4
    The team behind One Bean and Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night join up for a lesson on metamorphosis in Becoming Butterflies by Anne Rockwell, illus. by Megan Halsey. Cut-paper collage creates a three-dimensional effect in Miss Dana's classroom; the students' pictures record the chrysalis stage and the butterflies' emergence. Front endpapers label different caterpillars, while the back endpapers picture the butterflies they become, labeled with common and scientific names. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2002 March
    PreS-Gr 2-Every preschool or primary teacher who orders a brown box of live caterpillars will want to read this book aloud. When his teacher brings three monarch caterpillars and a milkweed plant to class, the young narrator follows their transformation with the same questions and concerns of young students in any classroom. His multicultural classmates track the changes in the caterpillars through drawings, and sadly wave good-bye through the window as the butterflies fly away. Without an unnecessary word of explanation, the text makes clear the science of metamorphosis, and leavens the story with the humor of the children's comments. The illustrations are watercolors with pieces of cut paper layered to give depth. They are childlike without being primitive and give fine support for the scientific observation. An endnote offers more details for adults and a Web site, and clever endpapers show the caterpillars of others species at the front of the book and their butterflies at the back. Amid the many books on the topic, this one is a standout for the age group.-Ellen Heath, Orchard School, Ridgewood, NJ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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