A bestselling Level 1 Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out picture book, with a brand new look! Named a NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book, this classic follows the fascinating metamorphosis of a caterpillar as it transforms into a butterfly. After a caterpillar comes to school in a jar, the children are captivated as it eats, grows and eventually becomes a beautiful Painted Lady butterfly. National Book Award finalist Deborah Heiligman and veteran illustrator Bari Weissman depict metamorphosis with all the wonder of those seeing the transformation for the first time. Now rebranded with a new look, this NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book includes web research prompts and an additional activity encouraging kids to identify the different types of butterflies all around them! Both text and artwork were vetted for accuracy by Dr. Louis Sorkin, Senior Scientific Assistant at the American Museum of Natural History.
“Although the drama of metamorphosis has been documented with greater detail in other titles, this presentation stands out because of its classroom setting. An inviting book that young children can relate to and one that teachers will find valuable to support nature-study projects.” -- School Library Journal
From the Back Cover
Today a caterpillar came to school in a jar.
Each day the children in the classroom watch in amazement as the caterpillar eats and grows, shedding its skin several times, until it disappears inside a shell that it creates for itself. For a long time nothing seems to be happening. But one day the chrysalis breaks open, and a beautiful Painted Lady butterfly flies out of the jar.
Deborah Heiligman and Bari Weissman depict the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly with all the wonder of those seeing the transformation for the first time.
About the Author
Deborah Heiligman is the author of the middle grade biography Charles and Emma, which is a National Book Award finalist and a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. She has written one other Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science book, On the Move. Deborah lives in New York City with her family. You can visit her online at www.deborahheiligman.com.
Bari Weissman has been illustrating children’s books for nearly forty years.She was born and raised in the Bronx and received her master’s degree in art education at Massachusetts College of Art. She lives in Boston, MA.