A Butterfly Is Patient

A Butterfly Is Patient

Dianna Hutts Aston

Language: English

Pages: 40

ISBN: 0811864790

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The creators of the award-winning An Egg Is Quiet and A Seed Is Sleepy have teamed up again to create this gorgeous and informative introduction to the world of butterflies. From iridescent blue swallowtails and brilliant orange monarchs to the worlds tiniest butterfly (Western Pygmy Blue) and the largest (Queen Alexandra's Birdwing), an incredible variety of butterflies are celebrated here in all of their beauty and wonder. Perfect for a child's bedroom bookshelf or for a classroom reading circle!

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Francisco, California 94107 www.chroniclekids.com For my Sri Lankan friend and diviner of codes, Dilshan Madawala. —D. A. For my father—Frank J. Carlisle, Jr.—the blue-eyed sailor, who is my source for all things wise and wonderful. Among other things, he taught me the value of an interest in the natural world and our place in it. —S. L. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: Victoria Rock, editor, and Sara Gillingham, book designer, for their wisdom and dedication to quality in children’s books.

powdery scales covers the wings of a butterfly, scales stacked like shingles on a roof. Without scales, its wings would be as transparent as the wings of a bee or a dragonfly. The colors, patterns, and shapes of a butterfly’s wings have a purpose. Some use their pattern of colors to attract mates. In places where the climate is cool, dark scales absorb heat from the sun, warming the butterfly’s flight muscles. Butterflies are cold-blooded and must have a body temperature of 86 degrees F (30

before it wraps itself into its warm, protective chrysalis, patiently waiting . . . to soar! Dianna Hutts Aston is the author of many best-selling books for children. She is also the founder of The Oz Project, a nonprofit foundation which provides inspirational hot air balloon experiences to disadvantaged children. Formerly of Texas, she now lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Learn more about Dianna at www.diannahuttsaston.com. Sylvia Long is the award-winning illustrator of

shed its skin, many times. It can grow up to 30,000 times larger than it was when it took its first bite. Once a caterpillar has eaten all that it needs, it creates a protective covering called a chrysalis. Curled inside the chrysalis, it is growing wings. Now it is time for metamorphosis, changing from one form to another. A butterfly is helpful. Butterflies, like bees, help pollinate plants so that they can reproduce, or make seeds. As a butterfly flits from flower to flower,

adults. Birds and other insects have learned not to eat them! A butterfly is spectacular! A butterfly is thirsty. To find flowers, butterflies smell the air with their antennae. They taste with their feet but sip nectar, the sweet liquid produced by many flowers, with a proboscis, a “tongue” that coils and uncoils. Some butterflies get their nourishment from rotting fruit (Blue Morpho) or minerals. Often, a kaleidoscope of butterflies gathers as a “puddle club” in mud near a pond

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