A Butterfly Called Hope
A Butterfly Called Hope
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Annotation: A young girl and her mother care for a caterpillar, watching as it transforms into a chrysalis and then emerges as a beautiful monarch butterfly.
Genre: Biology
Catalog Number: #86458
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2013
Illustrator: Bergwerf, Barbara J.,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-607-18856-2 Perma-Bound: 0-605-82799-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-607-18856-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-82799-8
Dewey: 595.78
LCCN: 2013013641
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
A girl finds a "bright yellow and black bug;" or, as her mother explains, a caterpillar. Determined to raise it herself, the girl makes a home for it in a terrarium, lining the floor with paper towels and adding fresh milkweed daily. She watches it change from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. After the mother explains why they must set it free, the girl gives it her own name, Hope, and releases it. The back matter includes a word-and-picture matching game, tips on raising monarchs, and a full-page presentation explaining the generations and migrations of monarchs within a 12-month period. While the fictional story is a bit stiff, the large-print text is accessible to young readers. Clear, colorful photos offer good views of the caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly. While there are many books available on monarch butterfly development, this one targets a younger audience than most. For larger collections.
Horn Book
With Linda Love. Nana Butterfly, seemingly some kind of expert, tells Hope that the scary insect she found will grow into a butterfly. Hope cares for the caterpillar, and, sure enough, it does; Hope names it after herself. The first-person narrative wavers in and out of the childlike at random, and photographs vary widely in quality and appeal. Appended information and activities may satisfy budding entomologists.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2&12; A little girl is in her mother's garden when she spies an unusual caterpillar. Her mother takes her and the insect to a butterfly center where they discover that their caterpillar will turn into a monarch butterfly. Taking the creature home, the girl is able to observe what happens during its life cycle. Monroe does an excellent job using appropriate scientific vocabulary along with dialogue to keep readers interested. The text is large and bold, making it accessible to emerging readers. There is also limited text on each page, which keeps the book from being too long for a read-aloud. The photographs are clear and help delineate the action, making it equally useful in elementary classrooms or with families exploring the subject. There is a "For Creative Minds" section that also helps extend the text; it includes a diagram of the butterfly's life cycle, vocabulary matching, and additional facts about monarchs.&12; Susan E. Murray, formerly at Glendale Public Library, AZ
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Word Count: 497
Reading Level: 2.5
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.5 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 159802 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD510L
Guided Reading Level: K
Fountas & Pinnell: K

The colorful flowers in Mama's garden reveal a strange-looking creature. "What is it? Does it sting, does it bite?" Join in this photographic journey as the young girl and her mother care for the caterpillar. Watch as it transforms into a chrysalis and then emerges as a beautiful monarch butterfly. How can the young girl "claim" the butterfly as her own but still let it go free?This work of narrative nonfiction includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 25-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. A Butterfly Called Hope is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The enhanced ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.

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