By Author / Illustrator
Catell Ronca, Laura Knowles
Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Should a butterfly be big or small? Should it be bright and bold, or perfectly pale? A joyous, imaginative, yet informative non-fiction picture book about what it takes to be a butterfly - body parts, behavior and life cycle - with the underlying message that diversity is a wonderful thing and that, in fact, there are 20,000 ways to be a butterfly!
Not only beautiful to behold, butterflies provide an opportunity to introduce a variety of environmental topics. Serving as key indicators of biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, they face threats of extinction due to climate change and habitat destruction - all vital subjects for children today.
With stunning illustrations displaying a colourful array of different butterfly species, each labeled with its scientific name, and fascinating details about their anatomy and life cycle, there is plenty for young nature lovers to spot and explore time and again.
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
Suggested Reading Age 5+