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How to Be a Butterfly

How to Be a Butterfly

Catell Ronca
Frances Lincoln Childrens Books
ISBN: 9781786038838

This is a stunning book that takes a fresh look at butterflies - asking what makes a creature a butterfly in a friendly, conversational style that will draw young readers.

The book begins by reminding us how to identify a butterfly by its wings, antennae etc, then considers if butterflies should be big or small, have dazzling colours or delicate colours, smooth winged or wiggly shapes?

As you turn the pages, you learn simple facts about butterflies, which can be easily followed by a child - how butterflies feed and camouflage themselves, and then turn into a pupa - but you are also introduced to a dazzling array of butterflies from around the world, each different and distinct, and with its Latin name. While younger children will struggle with these, it is an interesting way to introduce the idea of 'proper' scientific names - and hopefully it will inspire older children to learn more about these beautiful creatures.

This is a lovely book to use alongside topics on mini beasts and life cycles and metamorphosis, and its gorgeous painterly illustrations will lend itself to displays and art lessons.

Picture book / Ages 5+ / Reviewed by Lucy Giles


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