Published by Charlesbridge
Summary: Mrs. Best’s kindergarten class, featured in Hatching Chicks in Room 6, is back, this time hatching butterflies. The kids are shown observing eggs, caterpillars, chrysalises, and finally, full-grown painted lady butterflies. They do more than observe, feeding the caterpillars, helping to move them to the cup where they’ll build their chrysalises, and getting to (gently) hold butterflies before releasing them. Photos and text provide plenty of information about each step in the process. The camera captures kids’ expressions from concentrated attention to wonder to joy on the last page as their butterflies fly away. Includes a page of questions; vocabulary; and lists of websites and books for more information. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: I’d like to spend a few days hanging out in Mrs. Best’s room. The kids look like they’re having a ball, and learning about science in the process. There’s plenty of information about the butterfly’s life cycle; integrating it with a real class makes it accessible to young kids.
Cons: You just know some kid is going to take the fact that larva poop is called frass and run with it.