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Flying Colors: Butterflies in Your Backyard
This title covers these subjects: Butterflies., Caterpillars., Insects.
Flying Colors: Butterflies in Your Backyard
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Flying Colors: Butterflies in Your Backyard

by Nancy Loewen
Illustrated by Rick Peterson

Describes the physical characteristics, life cycle, and behavior of butterflies. Includes anatomy diagram and activity.

Reading LevelGrades PreK-3
Interest LevelGrades PreK-3
Lexile Level570L
AR Points3.7
AR Quiz #88952
PublisherPicture Window Books
Page Count24
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price

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"This large, horizontally formatted title in the Backyard Bugs series conveys to young readers that in addition to being pretty to look at and fun to watch, butterflies help plants reproduce by spreading pollen from plant to plant. The simple text has an inviting cadence ("What are these colorful dancers? Butterflies!"), with broad ideas supplemented by more technical information provided in illustrated sidebars. Although Peterson's bold paintings will work well for sharing with groups, their stylized, cartoonish quality may make this book less appropriate for some curriculum needs than a book with more realistic or photographic illustrations. A concluding activity somewhat vaguely suggests that readers "look at a butterfuly through a magnifying glass" without indicating whether the specimen should be alive or dead; other appended features include "Fun Facts," a craft project, a glossary, and a list of book and Web resources. Additional new releases introduce facts about spiders, earthworms, and dragonflies." - Booklist

November 30, 2001

Nancy Loewen

Nancy Loewen

Nancy Loewen writes fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. Recent awards include: 2012 Minnesota Book Awards finalist (The LAST Day of Kindergarten); 2011 Bank Street's Best Children's Books of the Year (Share a Scare: Writing Your Own Scary Story); 2011 Book of Note, Tri-State Young Adult Review Committee (Stubborn as a Mule and Other Silly Similes); and 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (Writer's Toolbox Series). She's also received awards from The American Library Association, the New York Public Library, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and the Society of School Librarians International. Nancy holds an MFA in creative writing from Hamline University, St. Paul. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two teenage children.

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