Monday, April 6, 2009

Nonfiction Monday -- Butterflies and Moths

Butterflies and Moths by Nic Bishop. New York: Scholastic, 2009. Available now.

Nic Bishop, you've done it again. Beautiful photographs with just enough information to entice the young reader (and us older ones, too) to want to know more.

Considering how long it takes to track down some of his subjects, I can't see how he's been able to produce about a book a year. (and win awards for most of them. I'd like to say all of them, but I haven't checked all of his books to verify this.)

While I grew up, our prize possession was a plate that had hundreds of butterfly wings encased in it. I would stand by it for hours, studying those wings. Now everyone can study close-ups of butterfly wings in this book.

There's even a butterfly from the Amazon rain forest that has transparent wings. (Glasswing Butterfly) Nic uses this butterfly to talk about the three parts of a butterfly -- head, thorax, and abdomen.

More amazement -- under the Glasswing is a double fold-out which shows 6 freeze-frames of a moth in flight, from one flower to the next. Plus the scientific explaination of how it manages to fly. The book is chock full of neat facts like this.

More Nonfiction Monday posts are listed here. Go explore. -wendieO

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