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Waiting for Wings

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Every spring, butterflies emerge and dazzle the world with their vibrant beauty. But where do butterflies come from? How are they born? What do they eat--and how?
With a simple, rhyming text and glorious color-drenched collage, Lois Ehlert provides clear answers to these and other questions as she follows the life cycle of four common butterflies, from their beginnings as
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Fun Nonfiction for Elementary
1st out of 34 books — 13 voters
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Brittany McCarty
Apr 18, 2016 Brittany McCarty rated it really liked it
“Waiting for Wings” by Lois Ehlert
GR Level: H, Lexile Level: 160, Grade: 1, Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers, 2001, Genre: Picture Book, Children’s Nonfiction, Pages: 40
Before they can become butterflies, eggs are hidden amongst the leaves, waiting to hatch. They are stuck to the leaves that way they won’t fall, and inside, caterpillars are growing. When the caterpillars hatch, they are very hungry and are looking to crawl and eat lots of leaves. The caterpillars come up with a goal to fi
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Rachel M
Mar 30, 2016 Rachel M rated it really liked it
Simple non-fiction text with colorful illustrations!
Hannah Grosse
Sep 06, 2016 Hannah Grosse rated it it was ok
This book was okay, though it wasn't my favorite. It is a good book if you are trying to teach a child about butterflies and their lives, mainly because there are a couple spreads in the back that show what certain butterflies look like and what their caterpillars eat. Also the pages are different sizes, which adds some uniqueness to the book. However, I think more could have been done to make the plot-line more clear and engaging. The title, at least for me, seemed to suggest that the book woul ...more
Alexandra
May 11, 2015 Alexandra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit
Waiting for Wings
By Lois Ehlert

(Nonfiction #6 Informational Text)

Incredible book with fantastic illustrations to teach children the process of how caterpillars turn into butterflies. The book mentions how butterflies eat and fly and then lay their eggs to make more butterflies. The beautiful illustrations will immediately catch the audience's eyes. At the back of the book there is also a butterfly identification page which shows more picture illustrations to show children different types of bu
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Bryana C
Jun 21, 2016 Bryana C rated it it was amazing
This book is full of life and color. The life cycle of a butterfly is shown in a poetic, rhyming, way that’s easy and fun to follow along. It includes the hiding eggs, and butterflies flying around starting the process over again. The pages vary in size to make up the environment in which the butterflies live.
Not only is the life cycle shown, but also the end contains a reference about butterfly identification and information, and also flower identification to make learning this process enjoyabl
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Kelly Borton
Apr 01, 2014 Kelly Borton rated it really liked it
This book is an explosion of color and is a magnified look at the life stages of butterflies hidden among the bold flowers and stems. The pages are split into shorter pieces that move with the text and inquiry where the sentence continues to the next page. The text is bold and easily read in a lyrical, poetic rhythm. At the end are pages providing more detailed information on identification and descriptions of butterflies.

The book is a great introduction to life changes of a caterpillar into a b
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Caitlin Harris
Feb 23, 2016 Caitlin Harris rated it really liked it
I loved Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert. This book is about the a caterpillar turning into a butterfly and going to eat nectar from flowers. This illustrations in this book used vibrant colors and was in a style reminiscent to Eric Carle. The rhyming pattern in this book was very cute and made it very easy to read, while still being very informational. The back of the book contains a section about identifying butterflies and flowers, the different parts of a butterfly, and a paragraph explainin ...more
Brittney Dermo
This is a very beautifully illustrated children's book about butterflies. It describes them coming out of their cocoons and finding flowers to drink from and then flying home to the fields to lay eggs. The back of the book has illustrations of butterflies and different flowers with names describing what they are next to them. I would use this book to read aloud because it is very interactive, with flaps to open and read from. I would use this book with science units for lower elementary since th ...more
Mandee
Apr 20, 2015 Mandee rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the information and the way that it was presented. I loved the illustrations and the way that the pages were made in the book. I thought that it really brought the reader the childlike innocence of the imagination. With each turn of the page more is brought into the picture in order to complete the whole scene. This book was rich in language and appropriate for targeted age level. I did not feel that it talked down to the reader and the concepts presented were very interesting f ...more
Mary Ann
Spring is here in California, and the children are playing outside. What better time to read a book exploring the world of butterflies. Young children, especially ages 4 to 6, love learning about the life cycle of butterflies, and this book is a beautiful introduction.

As you begin this book, you see a close-up of plants in a field. Eggs are hidden from view; then you turn the page and discover the tiny hidden gems. Turn the page again, and the caterpillars hatch, creeping and chewing the leaves.
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Kristy Breese
Mar 31, 2013 Kristy Breese rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edre-4870
What? Lois Ehlert's illustrations are remarkably detailed showing the life cycles of butterflies. I learned that when butterflies begin to eat they roll out their tongues. This book also reveals a variety of flowers that attract butterflies as well as the many breeds and how you can tell them apart. Each butterfly has a unique look and coloring to their wings. Butterflies are true creatures that shine God's beauty into the world.

Now What? This means that students of all ages will enjoy learning
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Amanda Andrews
Oct 19, 2013 Amanda Andrews rated it really liked it
Book Title: Waiting for Wings
by Lois Elhert

Short Description of the Book: Elhert poetically takes the reader through the life cycle of a butterfly. She describes eggs hatching into caterpillars, caterpillars creating chrysalises, and finally butterflies emerging. The butterflies then take flight to gardens of flowers that provide nectar, so they can then lay eggs and begin the life cycle all over again.

Focus: Informational Features I Would Use in a Mini-Lesson

1.) Informational Text Structure:
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London Richards
Mar 11, 2014 London Richards rated it liked it
Shelves: animals, nonfiction
This is a great picture book for any child interested in learning about butterflies. It has very colorful illustrations and explains the life cycle of a butterfly and about butterflies eating habits. There are a few very useful sections in the back of the book. I would use this book from kindergarten to second grade,

LEARNING EXT: AS A CLASS WE WOULD MAKE THE LIFE CYCLE OF A BUTTERFLY AND EACH STUDENT WOULD DECORATE THEIR OWN BUTTERFLY.
Stacy Renee
Jan 09, 2016 Stacy Renee rated it it was amazing
Full of beautiful butterflies and flowers. The style of the pictures remind me of Eric Carle's books with the textured colors. Ehlert's books go beyond just an animal here and there and are much more detailed. Best of all, similar to a nonfiction book, the name of each butterfly is included as well as their many stages from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly.
We raise and release monarchs so this was especially fun for us to read.
Maria
Oct 24, 2015 Maria rated it it was amazing
If you know a little one who likes butterflies -- or if you'd like to share YOUR love of flowers and butterflies --, this is the one. I adored the drawings and simple text. What made it fantastic was the "glossary" in the back of the book that explains four different types of butterflies, what those butterflies look like as caterpillars, what their "cocoons" look like, what they eat, and finally what they look like as butterflies.
Jessica Minnoia
Mar 10, 2010 Jessica Minnoia rated it it was amazing
This is a great picture book for any child interested in learning about butterflies. It has very colorful illustrations and explains the life cycle of a butterfly and about butterflies eating habits. There are a few very useful sections in the back of the book. One is butterfly identification and it shows 4 different types of butterflies, what they look like as caterpillars, what their chrysalis' look like, and what type of leaves each one prefers. The next section is on butterfly information a ...more
Kendra
Mar 06, 2010 Kendra rated it it was amazing
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Bernadette
Sep 03, 2009 Bernadette rated it really liked it
Waiting for Wings is a life cycle book about butterflies. It begins with the eggs that are hidden in a field and then hatch into caterpillars. Then they make their cases in which they will change into butterflies. The butterflies get ready to fly and look for nectar to eat. The butterflies eventually land in “our” garden where we can watch them land on the flowers to eat. Then they fly away home to lay eggs

This is a beautiful introduction to life cycles for younger children. I liked Ehlert’s cr
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Melody Kephart
Mar 17, 2009 Melody Kephart rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all ages. Its a great learning tool
Shelves: lled-catalog
Illustrator: Lois Ehlert
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Date of Publication: 2001

Genre: Picture Books, Science
Reading Level: ages 3-7
Theme: Butterflies, Gardens, Life cycle, colors

Curricula use: teach children the cycle of life and metamorphosis
teach children about color
Social Issues: Differentials

Text & Pictures: The illustrations connect with the text to form an amazing picture book
Summary: This book tells the life cycle of the butterfly. It reveals the butterfly anatomy and show the
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Fibersian
May 28, 2014 Fibersian rated it it was amazing
This book is similar to The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It ha beautiful bright illustration. But this is factual as opposed to a story as Eric Carls book is. They would make a marvelous paired reading. Rhyming text. Great for language development. Vocabulary of butterfly development. Has facts kids love.
Illyra Vote
Nov 21, 2013 Illyra Vote rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
This is a very beautifully illustrated children's book about butterflies. It describes them coming out of their cocoons and finding flowers to drink from and then flying home to the fields to lay eggs. The back of the book has illustrations of butterflies and different flowers with names describing what they are next to them. This is a fun children's book to do for a read aloud because it is interactive, with flaps to open and read from. I would use this book from kindergarten to second grade be ...more
Mackenzie
Apr 28, 2015 Mackenzie added it
Shelves: non-fiction
I chose this book because I have read it before and I thought it was a good book. This could also be used for a plant/insect unit. In elementary school we had an insect untt and got to see butterfly transform. I think this would be a good book to read before!
Tim Schraad
Feb 09, 2016 Tim Schraad rated it liked it
This book was cut and bound in to odd of a way for me. The message was very good however, it gives the children an opportunity to learn about how caterpillars become butterflies so this story may be read while the children grow their own butterflies!
Earl
Sep 02, 2014 Earl rated it liked it
The life cycle of butterflies is told in a very fascinating way using brightly colored collage and rhyming text in different-sized pages. I love the additional pages of facts including how to plant a butterfly garden found at the end of this book!
Lauren Jones
Jul 18, 2013 Lauren Jones rated it liked it
The craft in this book was okay. I picked it mostly for the pictures, but the story was a little long and ambiguous. It was more poetic than I expected it to be, but the pictures are gorgeous nevertheless. I did enjoy the use of language at times introducing important words and using bold font. The pages change sizes which was cool with the illustrations seeming like a flowing story as well. I think the illustrations told a better story than the words, though. I would definitely use this in my c ...more
Becca
Great book about the life cycle of a butterfly - simple, rhyming text with beautiful illustrations and an illustrated butterfly and flower identification chart in the back.
Alex Wulfekuhle
Apr 11, 2016 Alex Wulfekuhle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Waiting for Wings... WOW!!! One of my favorites by Lois Ehlert I think! In the back of the book it gives the identification of a butterfly, and different types of flowers. During the book, it has incredible illustrations to teach a student how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. The book uses extreme vibrant colors.
Janet
Mar 18, 2014 Janet rated it really liked it
Totally beautiful in Ehlert's bold colorful style is this presentation of the life cycle of butterflies. Included within in the end papers is very basic info on butterflies.
Whole And
May 03, 2014 Whole And rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
A rich reading and learning experience, visually and educationally.

Timely for spring, learning about butterflies and a variety of beautiful flowers.

Samantha Catalano
I enjoyed this book because it is different than all the books that I have read. The shapes are all different and the colors are vibrant.
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