Cover image for Waiting for wings
Title:
Waiting for wings
Author:
Ehlert, Lois.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 32 cm
General Note:
Some copies accompanied by CD.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 160 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 46615.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.9 1 Quiz: 24649 Guided reading level: H.
ISBN:
9780152026080
Format :
Book

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Summary

Every spring, butterflies emerge and dazzle the world with their vibrant beauty. But where do butterflies come from? How are they born? What do they eat--and how?
With a simple, rhyming text and glorious color-drenched collage, Lois Ehlert provides clear answers to these and other questions as she follows the life cycle of four common butterflies, from their beginnings as tiny hidden eggs and hungry caterpillars to their transformation into full-grown butterflies. Complete with butterfly and flower facts and identification tips, as well as a guide to planting a butterfly garden, this butterfly book is like no other.


Author Notes

Lois Ehlert was born November 9, 1934, in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and the Layton School of Art. She has also worked as an art teacher, freelance illustrator, and designer. Her work as an author and an illustrator has appeared in countless publications and has received numerous awards and honors.

In addition to creating books, Ehlert has produced toys, games, clothes for children, posters, brochures, catalogs, and banners. She has received the Caldecott Honor Book, 1989, for Color Zoo, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year for Snowballs, the Booklist Editors' Choice for Cuckoo/Cucú: A Mexican Folktale/Un Cuento Folklórico Mexicano, the IRA Teachers' Choice and NCTE Notable Children's Trade Book in the Language Arts for Feathers for Lunch, the American Library Association Notable Children's Book and Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-6, older for reading alone. In a field, butterfly eggs stick to leaves, then hatch. Caterpillars eat and "make a case" in which to grow. Then the cases tear and butterflies emerge, pumping their wings. They sip nectar from the flowers, then fly back to the fields to lay their eggs. Following this simple story, a colorful spread depicts the caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly stages of the Buckeye, Painted Lay, Monarch, and Tiger Swallowtail butterflies. Three more pages lay out basic information about the physical characteristics, life stages, and food of butterflies; pictures of the flowers that butterflies favor; and advice on planting a garden that attracts butterflies. The large format allows for an unusual device: the first half of the story takes place in one small section of the field, which is represented on a double-page spread. Small pages at the bottom of the spread turn so that minor changes to the eggs, caterpillars, and chrysalises can be shown within the larger framework. Although this concentrates children's attention on the subtle changes taking place, the overall consequence is a rather static first half of the book. However, that in turn heightens the effect of flight when the butterflies finally take off, glowing in silhouette against a white background. Ehlert's sense of form, color, and design inform every page but are seen to best effect where garden and butterflies combine in a glorious riot of pink, purple, red, yellow, orange, green, and tawny hues. The short, rhyming text reads aloud well, telling the story without anthropomorphism. An original and vivid introduction. --Carolyn Phelan


Publisher's Weekly Review

Ehlert (Hands; Market Day) again spreads her creative wings to deliver this inventively designed picture book about caterpillars' metamorphosis into butterflies. Nestled against a verdant spring-garden backdrop formed by the front end paper and opening page, readers will find a small book within the book. On each of the smaller pages, which are artistic extensions of the main background spread, Ehlert unfolds a rhyming text explaining how caterpillars lay eggs and form "a case in which to grow" before "wings unfold; new butterflies are born!" A series of half and full pages show the brilliant butterflies taking wing, flitting among bold cut-paper-collage flowers in vibrant pinks, purples, yellows, reds and oranges. The brief and cheery tone serves as an inviting introduction into a fascinating life cycle. Several closing pages contain detailed information on butterflies, a visual glossary for butterfly and flower identification (including ways of recognizing butterflies by their caterpillar and chrysalis markings) and suggestions for growing a butterfly garden. On the whole, Ehlert soars with a masterful blend of art and natural science. A must for budding lepidopterists. Ages 3-7. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Both books are well-documented resources for identifying butterflies and the plants that attract them. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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