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Butterflies in Room 6: See How They Grow
photos by Caroline Arnold. 40p. further reading. glossary. websites. Charlesbridge. Mar. 2019. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781580898942.
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PreS-Gr 2—Arnold returns to the same classroom she observed in Hatching Chicks in Room 6 (Charlesbridge, 2017). This time she joins Mrs. Best and her kindergarten students as they follow the progress of painted lady butterflies from small blue eggs to adult insects. Photos document the steps required to care for the creatures during their journey from egg to larva to pupa to adult. The intent expressions on the children's faces reveal their engagement with the process and their delight as they watch the butterflies prepare to fly away. The close-up photos, including the sequence of a butterfly's emergence from the chrysalis, draw readers into the transformation. The clear, straightforward text is supplemented by facts supplied in small text boxes. A vocabulary list plus suggested books and websites enhance the information.
VERDICT A solid choice for most libraries, particularly those supporting hands-on science learning.

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