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Bird, Butterfly, Eel (original 2009; edition 2009)

by James Prosek, James Prosek (Illustrator)

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Title:Bird, Butterfly, Eel
Authors:James Prosek
Other authors:James Prosek (Illustrator)
Info:Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (2009), Hardcover, 40 pages
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Bird, Butterfly, Eel by James Prosek (2009)

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I seem to be in a cycle of nonfiction cycles...

I bought this a few years ago, but never got around to reviewing it, or indeed using it much at all which is a pity since it's a lovely title.

The book alternates between full color watercolor spreads of the bird, butterfly, and eel and three parallel panels, comparing their migratory journeys. On the farm, butterfly (a monarch) lays her eggs in the meadow. Bird (a barn swallow) builds her nest in the barn and cares for her babies. Eel (American Eel) eats fish and insects and builds her strength.

Eventually, they all migrate - the bird to South America, the butterfly to Mexico, and the eel to the Sargasso Sea. A final note gives more details and information on the three species, their migration, and the history of research into their behaviors.

The text is simple and suited for reading aloud, the paintings colorful and easy to follow and enjoy. There are a few things I found odd - the text explains that the butterfly is a monarch but doesn't identify the bird or eel except in the final note. It was a little confusing that the three all migrate for different reasons and I would have liked to see that delineated a little more clearly in the text.

Verdict: Beautifully illustrated and the text is suitable for reading aloud - the few minor quibbles don't overshadow the excellence of this title. Worth adding to your collection even if you missed it the first time around.

ISBN: 9780689868290; Published 2009 by Simon and Schuster; Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library
  JeanLittleLibrary | Aug 25, 2012 |
Beautiful book about the cycle of life. ( )
  anniecase | Jul 10, 2010 |
This is a wonderfully illustrated book which introduces children to migratory patterns of wild animals through a narrative framework. Geography and science hold an important place and the animals feel like "characters"--partly because they are called Butterfly, Eel, and Bird, like proper names--but are not anthropomorphic. Bold color hold the eye and accurate details enhance the text and make it more approachable. ( )
  rdelamatre | Apr 2, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689868294, Hardcover)

Change is all around us.

From the first buds of springtime to the first autumn frost, nature shows us that change is all around us and that the world has its own way of beginning anew.

Bird, Butterfly, and Eel spend their summers on the same coastal farm, but in the fall they go to very distant and different places. Their journeys to the far reaches of land and sea make them remarkable creatures. James Prosek uses their stories and his own sun-kissed paintings to introduce young readers to the basic elements of bird, fish, and insect migration.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:33:02 -0400)

Follows a bird, a monarch butterfly, and an eel from summer on a farm until they make their respective fall voyages south, and then later begin to return north again when the weather warms.

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