What is a butterfly’s life? It’s full of twists and turns as a butterfly glides on air currents.
It’s full of dips and dives as a butterfly show off for its mate. The most awe-inspiring event in a butterfly’s life is its metamorphosis, as it changes from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis, and finally emerging as a spectacular butterfly. Awash in brilliantly hued watercolor paintings, It’s a Butterfly’s Life is a vibrant exploration of the lives of these exquisite winged beauties.
A John Burroughs List of Nature Books
for Young Readers, 2008
What the press had to say:
“With a simple, informative text and detailed illustrations, this picture book introduces young children to exciting scientific detail about butterflies. The entomology in simple words and delicately modeled ink, watercolor, and gouache artwork will make kids look closely at the natural world around them; some kids may even want to take up the suggestion to plant a butterfly garden.” - Booklist
“This entertaining book allows children to comprehend the complexity of the natural world, and it will encourage their appreciation of butterflies…this is a delightful book to share with children and would be a splendid resource for reports…” - School Library Journal
“Almost any five-year-old can tell you the basics of a butterfly’s life. The little egg lands on a leaf. The caterpillar hatches, eats an enormous amount, forms a chrysalis and then- a beautiful butterfly! Kelly, in this superb companion to It’s A Hummingbird’s Life (2003), takes these facts to a detailed and altogether fascinating level…The watercolor illustrations are clear and vibrant, with different species of butterflies clearly labeled. A book that proves science nonfiction can be accurate, factual and completely engrossing, this is a must for libraries and any curious nature lovers.” - Kirkus
A YEAR OF READING (reviews by teachers) – http://readingyear.blogspot.com/2007/03/its-butterflys-life-by-irene-kelly.html