We’ve been looking for more nonfiction books and were very happy to find A Butterfly is Patient, written by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long. This beautifully illustrated book begins each page with “A butterfly is…” and completes the sentence with vivid adjectives (protective, thirsty, patient, etc.). Taking a picture walk (or several picture walks because there is so much to discover) will help the reader learn more about butterflies.
The illustrations are phenomenal in helping the reader visualize the meanings. Maps and timelines also help the reader understand this nonfiction text. An added bonus for us was seeing the inside front and back covers. The front inside cover has detailed illustrations of caterpillars with their names while the back inside cover displays the butterflies with their names.
This is a terrific book to begin a butterfly study and/or introduce young readers to nonfiction texts. We highly recommend this book as a gift to your children!
*Which pages taught you most about butterflies?
*Which illustration do you like the best?
*How many of these butterflies have you seen?
*How would you describe a butterfly?