See How They Grow: Butterfly, by Mary Ling, photographs by Kim Taylor

small_see-how-they-grow-butterfly_001A butterfly is one of the most beautiful and fascinating creatures that nature has created, and kids cannot get enough of them.  This little book is a photographic documentary of a butterfly’s journey from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly.  The photos are super close up and gorgeous.  There are some of the tiny caterpillar struggling to come out of the egg, and some of it coming out its old skin and emerging all striped and ready for action.  Most of the time I am all about illustrations and not photographs in picture books, but this is the exception for sure.  The story is written from the perspective of the butterfly, and it’s pretty much captions to the photos, but it is cute and does a good job of making it feel like a story and not a science book.  Mary Ling has a whole series of How They Grow books, and I’m excited to find some of the others.  We Give Books has this one listed under ages 0-3, and that’s probably right on, but my four year old and seven year old also loved those pictures.  Great book.

Read it for free on We Give Books.  You have to create an account with a username and password, but that is free and I have never gotten annoying emails from them.

Find out more about Mary Ling’s great educational books.

About childrensbooksonadime

I am mother to three spectacular daughters and wife to an amazing husband who is a disabled Army veteran. As a military wife for 7 years, I enjoyed traveling the world, and now that we are civilians again, I am excited to see where life will take us as my husband gets his MA and begins a new career. I love to read with my girls and on my own, sing, play & teach piano, and write children's stories. My blog is reviews of children's books I can find for under dollar and my goal is to start posting my own stories as soon as I get 100 followers. They're pretty great, so you should help me along by following. My dream is to see one of my stories published in a large and lovely picture book that will inspire the hearts and minds of the rising generation.
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