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A Butterfly Is Patient

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  610 ratings  ·  123 reviews
The creators of the award-winning An Egg Is Quiet and A Seed Is Sleepy have teamed up again to create this gorgeous and informative introduction to the world of butterflies. From iridescent blue swallowtails and brilliant orange monarchs to the worlds tiniest butterfly (Western Pygmy Blue) and the largest (Queen Alexandra's Birdwing), an incredible variety of butterflies a ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 18th 2011 by Chronicle Books (first published May 4th 2011)
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Lisa Vegan
Jul 10, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: butterfly lovers; budding naturalists; those who appreciate beautiful illustrations
Recommended to Lisa by: Chandra
I loved A Seed Is Sleepy and An Egg Is Quiet and so I was thrilled when I was able to borrow and read this third book.

Oh, I could view this book and its illustrations for ages.

On the inside front cover are the caterpillars and on the inside back cover are the butterflies. Inside the account starts and ends with details of butterflies’ life cycles, and in-between there are a plethora of facts about butterflies. This book uses the same basic format of the first two books. Using the words patient,
Breanne Sergenti
Grade level: K-3rd
Awards: BELA (2012), OSTB (2012)

This is an informational book about butterflies. The book is accompanied by beautiful pictures that bring to life a butterfly from its first day of life into its full development as a butterfly. The book not only explains how a butterfly is created, it also goes into detail explaining various characteristics of certain butterflies. Many of the pictures are labeled so at anytime you can name the exact type of butterfly you are looking a
1)Twin Text: Velma Gratch & the Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison and Kevin Hawkes (2007)

2)I chose Velma Gratch as my twin text because it uses a lot of the same butterfly vocabulary (chrysalis, migration, metamorphosis) and reiterates the facts (Monarchs migrate to Mexico in winter and return to North America for milkweed plants in the Spring). It is also a lovely story about Velma who is trying to be noticed and remembered for something like her two older sisters.

3)A Butterfly is Patient
This stunning picture book follows the same pattern as the two earlier titles by this creative team, An Egg Is Quiet and A Seed Is Sleepy. From the upclose look at the scales on a butterfly's wings inside the cover to the endpapers at the front with 32 different caterpillars and then 34 butterflies at the back, this title catches the eye. The text describes this winged creature's characteristics; for instance, how a butterfly is patient, creative, helpful, protective, and even poisonous. The bri ...more
Nov 16, 2011 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kathryn by: Chandra
In their third nature book, Aston and Long explore the beautiful and remarkable life of butterflies. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous! I found myself marveling over the many different types of butterflies. This is a feast for the eyes! Aston's text provides a pleasingly lyrical style with fine factual information about butterflies, such as how long it takes for a caterpillar to become a butterfly, how butterflies drink, and the difference between a butterfly and a moth. Even though I kn ...more
A butterfly is patient, creative, helpful, protective, poisonous (sometimes), spectacular, thirsty, big and tiny, scaly, not a moth, a traveller, magical, and patiently waiting to soar. As an adult reader, I found myself contemplating these character traits ascribed to butterflies and the lessons nature can teach me if I search them out. The simple captions on each page accompany life-sized illustrations and accurate but not too lengthy information about butterflies. Even the endpapers teach, in ...more
I swear to God, I thought the last thing I needed was One More Butterfly Book. And I thought that maybe I had finally outgrown my susceptibility to Sylvia Long's gorgeous watercolors and graceful calligraphy. After all, I am well aware that A Seed is Sleepy and An Egg is Quiet - I have bought those books, I have gifted those books, and I have recommended those books. I thought there was probably not one more serene natural subject worthy of Ms. Long's well-researched scrutiny and Dianna Hutts As ...more
Karla Hutchinson
This is the perfect read aloud for a 3-5 science unit about butterflies, or animal life cycles. It does a wonderful job teaching and explaining many less-well-known aspects of butterflies, such as how some are camouflaged and why, or how some of them are colored brightly to warn predators that they are poisonous due to the plants they eat as caterpillars. This text is extremely interesting, and the pictures are gorgeous.
The book makes for a great jump into info texts for a literacy unit; some k
Stefanie Skrdla
1. "Glasswings" by Elisha Kleven, 2013.

2. I chose "Glasswings" as my twin text because it was a very uplifting story with a positive message and beautiful artistry, which seemed perfect for this lower age-level of 4-6 year olds. There is a hint of science that glosses over the process of pollination, but yet it remains a fun fiction piece. "Glasswings" is a book that will catch the attention of young students and interest them in the subject of butterflies, and "A Butterfly is Patient" is a book
1) Velma Gratch & the way cool butterfly, Alan Madison & Kevin Hawkes, 2007

2) Velma Gratch & the way cool butterfly is a fun and creative twin for A Butterfly is Patient. The book reinforces vocabulary along with presenting butterfly information in a creative way. Students can relate to the desire to be noticed and stand out from their family members. Velma’s need develops into a passion for a butterfly. The book presents the information in a variety of text presentations. The class
Another beautiful informative book from Aston and Long. The attention to detail is remarkable, the elegance of the illustrations and text is astonishing.

We live close to a butterfly garden and visit frequently, so this book was a fun one for us. Especially, the front and back pages which capture how they look as a caterpillar and butterfly.
Jennifer Bollinger
Rate: 4

Review:The book a butterfly is patient for young children in the classroom and at home. The butterfly is patient describes the creatures, characteristics, and how helpful and protective the butterfly can be. The book has great illustrations that describe how the butterfly goes through its life cycle.

Content Statements:
1. The process of a butterfly.
2. Butterflies start with eggs then turn into a caterpillar.
3. there are 30 different kinds of butterflies.

How you would use in the classroom
Kristine Mathias
Content Statements:

1. Some butterflies have markings on their wings called Eyespots.
2. A caterpillar feeds on leaves, eating so much that it must molt.
3. A butterfly can grow up to 30,000 times larger than it was when it takes it's first bite.

I would have this book placed in my science and nature center within the classroom as it teaches about the process of how a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly.

This book is perfect for the classroom as it teaches about all types of butterflies. From Mon
A Butterfly Is Patient
Diana Hutts Aston

(Nonfiction #1 Biographical Picture Book)

This beautiful informational text will help teach students about the life cycle of an egg into a butterfly. Along with the beautiful illustrations and the way the author uses color in the pages as well as the descriptions of the many different types of butterflies this book can be used as a resource for all children and all ages. I highly recommend this book and felt that it can be used as a science lesson to teach c
Tanya W
This was a wonderful book about butterflies with great illustrations. We really enjoyed choosing our favorites on each page.

God is incredibly creative making so many different kinds of beautiful butterflies, not to mention everything else!
I love kid's nonfiction books that are perfectly geared for kids, but also draw in and educate adults. The illustrations are beautiful. I sat at my desk and felt like I was in the middle of a butterfly garden.
I love butterflies. For me, they signify transformation. In this informational book, Aston and Long explore the fascinating life of butterflies from egg to butterfly. This book not only does a terrific job explaining how butterflies are created, and yet to t goes in to great depth explaining to readers the various characteristics of certain butterflies. Also, a lot of the butterfly pictures are labeled so readers are aware of what type of butterfly they are looking at.
The illustrations in this
Christina Deroche
A Butterfly is Patient is a book about all types of different butterflies. It is a wonderful book for children who like butterflies. If you are decorating a child's room or a classroom using butterflies this book will give you great ideas. You could use the correct name and terminology for each of the butterflies.

This book would be perfect for the science center. It would also be a good book for the art center. Children who likes butterflies and drawing would enjoy drawing all the many types of
Sara Bland
Again, I cannot say enough about this author and illustrator. Highly recommend to children of all ages for learning about butterflies and the life cycle of a butterfly. This book could easily be woven into any lesson plan at any level as an introduction into the life cycles and/or butterflies. Beautifully illustrated, she brings the images to life. The style of writing provides a comfortable level of information for all ages of students depending on how much they choose to read into the small de ...more
Lyndy Stein
This is an EXCELLENT book to use when teaching about life cycles. Not only is this book full of great information, the illustrations are gorgeous. This book starts off by explaining that a butterfly begins as an egg and with each page it grows a little more. The author also highlights and identifies so many different kinds of butterflies. This book literally has everything that you would want to know about these beautiful creatures. It examines what they eat/drink, how they look/feel, where they ...more
Christina Swain
A Butterfly Is Patient is the perfect book to implement into your classroom to younger readers. Whether through a read-aloud or independent reading, the young readers will be able to read this text for information gaining a knowledge about the world of butterflies and all their beauty and wander. During and after the reading, I would assess my student's prior knowledge to help them to understand the information presented in the text. We would make a story mapping web chart and/or a 'KWL' chart t ...more
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A Butterfly is Patient provides words that may appear unfamiliar and explains the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. Told in an almost rhyming lyrical text, students will learn what a butterfly is and what a butterfly is not. For a literacy lesson, I would introduce students to Science terminology such as, butterfly, chrysalis, etc. At the literacy station students will know different strategies to find unfamiliar words in a text. Students may look for key words or cont ...more
Laura Metts
This book have great illustrations. The book cover is inviting and colorful. I like how it demonstrates the life cycle of a butterfly. This but give great facts about butterflies. this book describes the butterflies characteristics; like how patient it is. it also tell how creative the butterfly is. I think that this book is a must for young children classrooms.

Content statement:
1. Caterpillars turn into butterflies.
2. Caterpillars are patient.
3. Caterpillars eat leaves.

It can used in the scienc
This book is part of the Mock Caldecott awards discussion to be held at my local public library. I would just like to say firsthand how much I love all of Dianna Hutts Aston & Sylvia Long's books. They have gorgeous illustrations (which caught the eye of my 5 month old, even though he wasn't really listening to me as I read the book itself - too wordy for him) and informative text, which draws you into the story of whatever is featured in their books (butterflies/seeds/eggs). The secondary e ...more
This third book in their series together continues the beautiful detail and natural information of A Seed Is Sleepy and An Egg Is Quiet. Here the subject is butterflies and the book begins with the egg and caterpillars, moving quickly into metamorphosis with the clear knowledge of where exactly children will be intrigued. The book speaks to butterflies’ roles in pollination as well as their camouflage, drinking, and poisonous capabilities. Readers will be intrigued with the scaly close-up of a b ...more
Roberta Gibson
At one point in the new book A Butterfly Is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long, the author writes, "A butterfly is spectacular!" As you read it you immediately want to echo, "This book is spectacular, too!"
The team of Aston and Long have already written and illustrated two award-winning books, An Egg is Quiet and A Seed is Sleepy. This new addition is even better, if that is possible. How do you top perfection? They found a way.

Start with the front endpapers, a collecti
I'm not really a big fan of these books. The illustrations are nice. I really enjoyed seeing the different caterpillars/crysali in the front and matching their respective moths and butterflies in the back. The information is good and simple. The occasional cursive kind of irks me, because typically 1st and 2nd graders (as well as anyone not yet in school) cannot read cursive. This forces the book to be a lap-read instead of letting the curious child explore the book on their own. The older kids ...more
When it comes to selecting truly great picture books to use in the classroom, judging a book by its cover may actually be an honest depiction of the quality of book as a whole. Because illustrations play a huge role in the makings of great picture books, they should be beautiful and fun to look at, but should also be able to stand alone in regards to telling the story or portraying the facts. The writing, in addition, cannot be mediocre. Bad writing, in any book, can destroy the attention and in ...more
Rachel Dinwiddie
This picture book has beautiful pictures that attract the eye. It is informational, yet intriguing. It tells the process of becoming a butterfly and the characteristics of butterfly's. This would be a great book to read/show during an insect unit. I also thought it would be a neat idea to get a caterpillar in the classroom, watch it make its cocoon in the classroom, and then set it free as a butterfly. I would love this book in my future classroom!
Karen Peters
A Butterfly is Patient written by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long is a non-fiction picture book intended for the Primary(P) reader.

An informational picture book, filled with stunning illustrations, explains the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. Told in an almost rhyming lyrical text, we learn what a butterfly is and what a butterfly is not. Pollination, camouflage, and migration are examples of the scientific terms the author artfully interweaves in t
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Dianna Hutts Aston was born in Houston, Texas, attended the University of Houston, and worked as a journalist for several years. LOONY LITTLE is her first picture book with Candlewick Press. She says, "It was one of the hottest summer days on record. My mind, of its own accord, kept wandering northward, to a wilderness of snow and ice, the Arctic. While listening to the news one evening, I heard P ...more
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