Synopses & Reviews
From Caterpillar to Butterfly Big Book
is a comprehensive exploration of butterflies, and this oversize edition (18 1/4 by 15 1/4 inches) is perfect for sharing in the classroom. This is a perfect beginner's guide to the mystery of metamorphosis. A caterpillar comes to school in a jar. The class watches the caterpillar each day as it grows and changes. Soon, it disappears into a hard shell called a chrysalis. Then the chrysalis breaks, and a beautiful butterfly flies out of the jar!
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children 1997 (NSTA/CBC)
Supports the Common Core State Standards
Where did the caterpillar go?
It seems to have disappeared, but it hasn't. It has turned into a butterfly! From the time a caterpillar first hatches, it eats so fast that its skin can't keep up. It sheds its skin several times as it grows bigger and bigger. Eventually it forms a shell around itself called a chrysalis. Nothing seems to happen for a long time. But then one day the chrysalis splits open, and a beautiful butterfly emerges. What a magical metamorphosis!
About the Author
At age five, Deborah Heiligman checked out her first library book—What Is a Butterfly?
—and her love of science and nature has grown ever since. She has written one other Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science book, On the Move
, illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell. She is also the author of the middle grade biography Charles and Emma
, which was a National Book Award finalist and a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. Ms. Heiligman lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.
Bari Weissman has been illustrating children's books for nearly forty years. She was born and raised in the Bronx and received her master's degree in art education at Massachusetts College of Art. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband.