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Annotation: Introduces the different types of caterpillars and how they move, eat, protect themselves from predators, and transform into a butterfly or moth.
Genre: Biology
Catalog Number: #4287104
Format: Library Binding
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: 2011
Pages: 40 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-9797455-7-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-9797455-7-7
Dewey: 595.78
Dimensions: 21 x 27 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
This brightly illustrated book leads off with a six-stanza, rhyming poem about caterpillars. With one exception, phrases from the verse reappear sequentially in bold red letters on the pages that follow, along with a paragraph or two discussing the ideas suggested, if not directly stated, by those phrases. Six or more photos, drawn from a variety of sources and clearly reproduced, appear on a typical spread, along with colorful captions, arrows, borders. Although the poem itself is quite good, and the text and photos explore subjects it raises, more direct headings identifying different topics would have brought greater clarity to the presentation. The extensive back matter includes a page on caterpillar anatomy, a glossary, lists of recommended books and websites, a list of scientific and common names for species mentioned, and two appealing and well-designed activities laid out on double-page spreads. For larger collections.
Horn Book
A lighthearted poem begins the book and forms the organizational basis for this appealing volume. Double-page spreads of well-crafted prose follow, each focusing on a line of poetry (for example, "Hiding on a tree outside" sets up a section on juniper hairstreak and other caterpillars specializing in camouflage). Numerous colorful photos, carefully labeled, decorate the pages. Back matter includes a quiz and matching game. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 4&12; This basic introduction to caterpillar reproduction, development, diet, survival, habitat, and anatomy is combined with powerfully clear photography that will captivate a wide audience. The book has two levels of text: simple capitalized red letters that swirl across the pages for the youngest readers to more complicated paragraphs easy enough for third or fourth graders to enjoy. The book opens with a simple six-stanza poem that begins, "Caterpillars smooth,/Caterpillars hairy./Munching in a giant bunch./Lunching solitary" and swings through caterpillar movement, growth, camouflage, development, and metamorphosis. Each paragraph includes a smoothly written explication that will prepare children to take a 12-question "Pop Quiz" and play "Match the Caterpillar to the Moth or Butterfly." The text concludes with information about the anatomy of a caterpillar and scientific and common names of butterflies and moths. Lois Ehlert's exemplary Waiting for Wings (Harcourt, 2001) is for younger listeners while Darlyne Murawski's Face to Face with Caterpillars (National Geographic, 2007) is for third- to fourth-grade readers. Singer's Caterpillars will serve both groups when the other popular titles are checked out, which they usually are.&12; Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Word Count: 2,165
Reading Level: 5.4
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 145055 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: NC930L

A lyrical and scientific introduction to the larval life cycle, beautifully photo-illustrated for caterpillar lovers everywhere!

Caterpillars attract children like magnets—their shapes, colors, and locomotion styles are impossible to resist. Now children can explore the dazzling diversity of the world's caterpillars illustrated in hundreds of full-color photographs. The charm of these larval forms of moths and butterflies is captured in verse and easy-to-follow narrative text by award-winning poet and nature writer Marilyn Singer.

Includes matching game, quiz, glossary, and index. Real science has never been so much fun!

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