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National Geographic Readers: Caterpillar to Butterfly

by Laura Marsh

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a detailed discussion of caterpillars' life cycle and how they grow into butterflies. discusses the different phases, what they eat, and where they live, how they survive
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  TUCC | Dec 16, 2016 |
This is an informational children's book that explains the life cycle of a butterfly for very young/beginning readers. This subject has been visited by many authors, however, National Geographic provides extremely detailed real life pictures to accompany the many details and information provided for young readers. It begins with a little riddle, and then it begins to explain the four stages of a butterfly's life.

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I thought this was a cute book. It is a Level 1 Reader, so it is for children just beginning to read. However, the pictures are great and attention grabbing, and it is written in a very simple way for young learners.

Classroom Extension Activities:
1. Use different types of pasta noodles to show the four different stages of a butterfly's life cycle.
2. Use actual caterpillars ordered online to watch first hand the different phases a caterpillar goes through to become an actual butterfly.
3. Provide twinkies, frosting, green food coloring, m&m's for eyes, and licorice for antennae to make their own edible caterpillars. ( )
  Toods | Apr 19, 2016 |
Summary: Informational book by National Geographic that depicts the life cycle of a butterfly. The book begins with in depth descriptions of each cycle (egg, chrysalis, caterpillar, butterfly) and concludes by showing several typed of butterflies.

Personal reflection: Very nice illustration. Maybe better for the 1-2 grade age set. Overall, good informational book.

Classroom Extension:

1. Journal Prompt describing the cycle on the students own.

2. Draw a detailed picture of a butterfly.
  kerifreeman | Apr 19, 2016 |
A great early reader about a science topic. With many pictures and a mixture of known words and new vocabulary, this book would be a great one to have in a classroom library.
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  catherineparry | Apr 11, 2016 |
Summary: This book is designed to show kids the transformation from a caterpillar to a butterfly. The caterpillar in this book builds a cocoon to stay in throughout the transformation process, modeling how nature takes its course. These books serve as collectables and references for children everywhere!

Personal Reaction: I really enjoyed the National Geographic books as a child. I think the pictures and information presented are valuable to readers of any age. I think the pictures are great for youngsters who cannot read as well.

Classroom Extension: Students could create their own National Geographic inspired book about an assigned animal. Students could also be asked to summarize the nature process presented in the book.
  shelbeydismuke | Nov 18, 2015 |
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Introduces readers to butterflies and the process by which they go from being an egg, to a caterpillar, to a chrysalis, and finally to a butterfly.

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