Monday, October 3, 2011

Keep channeling summer with Butterflies

I'm so not ready for winter. I dread shoveling, cold feet, chapped lips and dry skin. That's why I prefer to keep channeling summer for as long as I can and one part of summer that I absolutely love is butterflies.

Butterflies are an amazing species as they ride the wind and drift through the air. Their wings are often artwork in of themselves with bright colors and beautiful patterns. That's why I couldn't resist the latest picture book by award-winning science writer Seymour Simon, BUTTERFLIES.

This amazing book showcases Simon's latest full-color photographs and will delight and amaze readers with facts such as monarch butterflies travel 3,000 miles to their winter homes, butterflies that flew 100 million years ago look very much like those you see sipping nectar from flowers today, and although butterflies and moths are alike, one way to tell the difference is to look a their antennae.

This is a great addition to any library or home collection and there are lots of support materials for BUTTERFLIES. Educators and parents can download a free Teachers Guide with lots of supplementary information and activities, as well as a guide to starting your own butterfly garden. Kids can click here to download your own Butterfly Observation Log, and record your sightings like a real lepidopterologist (that’s a scientist who studies butterflies).

Too bad we all can't travel to our winter homes like the monarch butterfly, but with this beautiful book, at least we can imagine sitting in our backyards on a hot summer day watching the butterflies fly by.

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Collins (August 23, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0061914932
ISBN-13: 978-0061914935
Source of review copy: Publisher

This post is part of Nonfiction Monday! Nonfiction Monday takes place every Monday as various blogs throughout the kidlitosphere write about nonfiction books for kids and collect them all in one place. This week, check out the Nonfiction Monday roundup at 100 Scope Notes. To see the entire schedule, please visit the blog of Anastasia Suen.

Disclosure: Some of the books I review are received from publishers , PR agencies, and authors, but it does not sway my opinion of the book.


  1. Here in AZ I am so ready for some weather that isn't summer :-)

    Looks like an intriguing book. Thanks for the links to the Teacher's Guide.

  2. I love butterflies! Thanks for sharing this, Lori. I'm with you, so not ready for winter to come!

  3. Nice nice! I also lovelove butterflies - reminds me of fairies and elves and all things light and feathery. I was just thinking that if I were to feature this book, I'd probably pay a visit to our Changi Airport's butterfly garden and take a few photos myself.

    Yes, we should hold on to summer as long as we could. :) Lucky for us, we have summer whole year round. :)

  4. I'm SO jealous of you guys who live in AZ and all places warm! I'm not a winter person, so I need all the chances I can to keep channeling summer! =)