Friday, August 16, 2013
Our children are enjoying watching the transformation of a monarch caterpillar to a butterfly.
In the past I've written about the details of raising a monarch butterfly. If you live in an area of the country that this is possible, do give it a try! Somehow we missed doing this the last several years. Either we forgot about it completely, or just didn't seem to find a caterpillar when we went out looking. It especially exciting for the youngest who doesn't really remember past butterfly raising experiences.
If you can't watch a caterpillar - the next best thing is reading about it. We searched our shelves and visited the library to find a whole stack of butterfly books to read this month. Here is a few of our favorites.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
I get warm fuzzies reading this book with all the memories from past years when this was a toddler's favorite. On my list of top ten children's books.
Butterfly House - Eve Bunting
A sweet story of a grandfather and granddaughter raising a butterfly.
The Caterpillar and the Polliwog - Jack Kent
This is the book my four year old asks to read daily. And I remember this book being a well-loved by other four years in our family! Cute story about the metamorphosis of a frog and a butterfly.
Isabel's House of Butterflies - Tony Johnston
Lovely paintings tell of the challenges of rural Mexico and their beloved butterfly trees where thousands of monarchs gather each winter.
From Egg to Butterfly - Shannon Zemlicka
Photographs share the caterpillar to butterfly story.
Fabulous Fluttering Tropical Butterflies - Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Fascinating facts about butterflies including details about butterfly houses.
The Butterfly Alphabet Book - Brian Cassie
We learned about butterflies we had never heard of before in this book.
Gotta Go! Gotta Go! - Sam Swope
Gotta go to Mexico! Another child's favorite!
Clara Caterpillar - Pamela Duncan Edwards
A fun read that makes even the plain cabbage caterpillar appealing.
Have you raised a caterpillar?
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