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Thursday, 29 November 2018

Review: Caterpillar to Butterfly

Published in association with RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) this uniquely styled book represents the life cycle of a butterfly, from a tiny egg on a leaf.

The pages are circles that open up one at a time and overlap, to reveal each stage of growth until a larger circle is formed. In its centre is the most amazing butterfly.

The circular pages are illustrated with green leaves and branches on a background of blue. Tiny eggs are featured on pink leaves as the journey of life begins. There are observers – ants, ladybugs, bees, and spiders, all watching the caterpillar’s progressive growth.

Then the caterpillar sheds a layer of skin and grows some more. It spins its thread to become a green and golden chrysalis. Now more insects look on. Grasshoppers and even snails watch and wait with the others for the metamorphosis.

Weeks go by and additional change takes place. Then it unfolds into what it was meant to be.

The exceptional design and layout make this highly educational book extremely interesting. The page at the end where the butterfly is depicted becomes a flap that folds down. Revealed is detailed information about the stages of growth, what the caterpillar eats after hatching, and the changes the chrysalis goes through until it becomes a butterfly. This is ideal for the reference area of school libraries and homes. 

Title: Caterpillar to Butterfly
Author/Illustrator: Frances Barry
Publisher: Walker Books, $16.99
Publication Date: June 2018,
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781406383485
For ages: 3+
Type: Non-fiction Picture Book

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