The Butterfly Garden – by Laura Weston

   The Butterfly Garden – by Laura Weston, Big Picture Press, (9780763693176), 2017.

Format: Board Book

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Non-fiction

What did you like about the book? This lift-the-flap board book about the life cycle of Monarch butterflies is unusual for several reasons. First, the entire story is displayed in striking black and white except for the lovely color illustrations under the flaps. Second, it is only twelve pages long, displayed in six double page spreads. Finally, the story is told in a terse total of sixteen words: An egg, a feast, a change, a stretch, a taste, a flight, a journey, a meeting. On the last double page, the entire text of the cycle is repeated on the flaps.  Though short, this provides an accurate depiction of the Monarchs’ life. Fans of the species will recognize Monarchs’ favorite plants: butterfly bush, milkweed, and coneflowers. This is an ideal book to give to very young children because it is short, the pages and flaps are sturdy, and the text is brief enough to hold a youngsters attention while leaving plenty of room for an adult to add details through discussion.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend to anyone who wishes to introduce children aged about a year old up to first grade to the wonders of nature.

Who should buy this book? Preschools, elementary school libraries and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with board books or with butterfly books in 595.78

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Not necessary unless it interests you.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  4/23/17

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