A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The gorgeous, colorful illustrations will make lots of little kids fall in love with the book long before they're ready for the text or the science -- but there's a lot there for repeat visits as they get older and the book proves a valuable, detailed reference. There's a wealth of scientific information about moths, butterflies, what they have in common -- including their life cycle -- and what they don't. Plenty of advanced terminology and detail if you're ready for it, and suggestions for further reading.
Offers a deep appreciation for the beauty, variety, and power of nature and the world around us. Also an appreciation of science as a tool for understanding it all.
Positive Role Models
The main subjects of the book are moths and butterflies going about their life cycles -- but along the way, the illustrations show a wide variety of adults and kids engaged in positive, friendly interactions related to observing and studying nature and the world around us.
Butterflies and moths, from the insect kingdom, are the subject of this book and the most visually conspicuous element of the pictures. However, the people who appear in the illustrations, adults and kids, represent a wide variety of skin tones, hair styles, and attire.
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Violence & Scariness
Mention of how predators like to eat caterpillars -- and what measures caterpillars have evolved to deal with the danger.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that What's Inside a Caterpillar Cocoon, by best-selling science author Rachel Ignotofsky, is a visually gorgeous picture book introducing kids to moths, butterflies, their many forms and varieties, their life cycles, and more. Colorful, lively, and engaging, the pictures of moths, butterflies, caterpillars, and their surroundings will draw little kids to the book long before they're old enough to follow the narrative, the terminology, and the science, but it's all there waiting for them as a valuable reference as they get older. There's a wealth of detailed, engaging information on every page -- followed by an appendix with suggestions for further reading.
Is It Any Good?
Come for the brilliantly colorful pictures, stay for the wealth of engaging science and nature info that's there when you're ready for it in this irresistible intro to moths and butterflies. What's Inside a Caterpillar Cocoon, by best-selling science author/illustrator Rachel Ignotofsky, follows the life cycle, migration patterns, and other habits of these fascinating flying insects, and the important roles they play in the ecosystems where they live. While there's plenty of quality time to be spent just looking at the amazing illustrations, especially if you're too young to read, there's a lot of detail and suggestions for further reading as you get older and want to learn more.
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