Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Book Review: Handle with Care, an Unusual Butterfly Journey - by Loree Griffin Burns

We have hatched butterflies here at the library many times, which is always popular with both kids and adults. Our next hatching display will definitely have to include this book, although I don't think it will stay there for long.

Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey

We have many books about butterflies - any children's librarian can tell you bug books are always popular! - but I think our readers will especially enjoy the conversational style, and the fantastic imagery: "If you stood next to this tree with your eyes closed, you would hear the caterpillars chewing!"

A great deal of information is packed into short bits of text, on or around large, bright photographs. I love that when it says, "It begins 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) away, in the country of Costa Rica..." the text is superimposed onto a map of North and Central America - so that kids can get an immediate sense of perspective as to how far away from them that might be.

Wonderfully accessible, painlessly educational. Perfect for either a classroom library or at-home reading. This one will be spending some time at our house before it is catalogued for the library!

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