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From Caterpillar to Butterfly (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  343 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
After a caterpillar comes to school in a jar, the children are captivated as it eats, grows, and eventually becomes a beautiful Painted Lady butterfly. This title features colorful illustrations from veteran illustrator Bari Weissman and lively text from National Book Award finalist and Michael L. Printz Honor winner Deborah Heiligman.

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 20th 1996 by HarperCollins (first published April 26th 1996)
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S2L1. Students will investigate the life cycles of different living organisms.
a. Determine the sequence of the life cycle of common animals in your area: a mammal
such as a cat or dog or classroom pet, a bird such as a chicken, an amphibian such as
a frog, and an insect such as a butterfly.
b. Relate seasonal changes to observations of how a tree changes throughout a school
c. Investigate the life cycle of a plant by growing a plant from a seed and by recording
changes over a period of ti
Caroline Daniel
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reading-4050
o Summary: This book is about a caterpillar is being watched by a classroom. The class observes it changing from a caterpillar into a butterfly. The class learns about metamorphosis up close and personal.
o Grade level: Kindergarten
o Appropriate classroom use: I would use this book in my kindergarten class in the science portion of class to teach them more about metamorphosis
o Individual students who might benefit from reading: children who need to learn more about metamorphosis by looking at pi
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When their teacher brings a caterpillar to school, the students are able to watch it undergo metamorphosis. The book describes the caterpillar's life from egg to butterfly. The illustrations are colorful and do a good job of interpreting the book's text. Young readers are introduced to words like: metamorphosis, larva, molting, and chrysalis.
Darlene Pasquale
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: informational
1) no awards
2) Appropriate grade level - Kindergarten-3rd grade
3) Summary - This informational text takes place in a school classroom. It shows the step by step process from caterpillar egg to beautiful butterfly! It explains and visually shows the process of metamorphosis.
4) Review - I love that this book is informational, but presents itself as a story. It depicts cartoon like illustrations of children learning in the classroom, which students could easily relate to. I also like that the la
Meghann Sniffen
Awards the book has received (if any); none
Appropriate grade level(s); kindergarten- 2nd
Original 3-line summary; With cute animations, this informational text shows the life of a caterpillar to a butterfly ( just as the title says). It goes through stage by stage to help children learn about the life cycle of a butterfly.
Original 3-line review: I thought this book was really good for the younger grades to show the lifecycle. I think it is different than what most teachers would choose to show c
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is a great book to show the transition of caterpillar to butterflly
Melissa Brickel
Great read for young readers! Gets them a jump start on science lessons!
Renee Slawson
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I chose to put this book on my favorites shelf because it is a great book for teaching the life cycle of a butterfly. This book has many pictures and descriptions as you go along, giving the reader little bits of information that would not have been depicted by just a picture and the text. This book is colorful, shows students in the classroom that are studying the cycle of the butterfly, and the students look excited as they figure out what will happen as it grows. At the end of the book there ...more
There are many informational books that are filled with facts and don't always succeed in helping us understand the material. This book is designed to allow primary leveled students learn about the change of a caterpillar through experiment and detailed illustrations. This book illustrates a classroom learning how caterpillars become butterflies through and experiment that they conduct in their classroom. The fictional classroom follows a step by step order that allows them to witness the change ...more
Amanda Bonbrisco
Wow! What a great informational text for young children. "From Caterpillar to Butterfly" by Deborah Heiligman is a wonderful story set in the classroom of students watching the life cycle of a caterpillar transform into a butterfly. Since the setting is a classroom, I think this book would be perfectly appropriate to incorporate into a science lesson for K-2 grade students. I believe it would be a great read-aloud for kindergarten students and perhaps some first graders too because the author us ...more
Brittni Hover
This informational book is all about how caterpillars change to butterflies. It talks all about the metamorphose cycle. The class gets to watch the caterpillar every day. One day the caterpillar disappeared into a chrysalis. The students get to watch and watch until one day it becomes a butterfly. The class releases the butterfly outside. This is a great beginner book teaching the metamorphism cycle. This book is in the informational section because it is teaching students the beginning stages o ...more
Vanessa West
From Caterpillar to Butterfly, by Deborah Heiligman is a wonderful non-fiction book about caterpillars and butterflies and it explains a real life cycle. This book is intended for elementary school ages students, I believe that children would be interested as early as you show them but would not fully comprehend all the material until they are about seven years old. It also allows for us to actually have the kids experience the transformation. This would make for a wonderful lesson by bringing a ...more
MaryMargaret Kelly

This book was okay. It wasn't the most interesting, it was very straight forward which is fine because it is an informational book but i think the author could have made it a little more engaging.

I think this book would be good to have in the centers area in the classroom after using for a read aloud. Students would be able to read this during their own time as well, especially in the spring when butterflies are being talked about and possibly having their own butterflies in the cla
Kristin Miller
This is a fun and educational book! A caterpillar is brought into a classroom in a jar and the class gets to watch it day by day to see the changes it goes through. Soon the caterpillar dissapears into a white shell, what is it? It's a cocoon. The children wonder what happened to the caterpillar and why it is in the cocoon. Soon they see that the cocoon is broken and there is a beautiful Butterfly in the jar.
This story is great for science class and teaching the children about metamorphism. I w
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reading-350
This book tells all about the life cycle of a painted lady butterfly. It is all taking place within the setting of a classroom. The students observe as the caterpillar eats, molts, and grows. It finally forms a chrysalis and later hatches into a butterfly. At the end of the book the students are both happy and sad as they set the adult free. There are also examples of other butterflies shown at the end of the book.

I thought this book was very good. It has a lot of details about the stages of the
Desiree Schirg
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a great informational book for younger students. This story is about a classroom of students watching the life cycle of a caterpillar transform into a butterfly. The text introduces new vocabulary terms for younger students such as metamorphosis, chrysalis, and proboscis. The illustrations are detailed and colorful and helps the reader understand how a butterfly is formed. The back of the book includes names and pictures of different types of butterflies, and the location of where you to ...more
Zoe Lampman
From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heiligman was named an Outstanding Science Trade Book for children. It is a brightly illustrated informative book about an elementary class watching a caterpillar in a jar make the amazing transformation into a butterfly. It discusses the life cycle of a butterfly from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. Reading this book in class would be a great way to explain the science concept of metamorphosis to first through third graders. It would be won ...more
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Students at school can definitely relate to this book because the setting is in an actual classroom! The class basically watches a caterpillar in a jar go through the necessary stages of metamorphosis in order to turn into a beautiful butterfly! If the children read this book along with gaining the experience of raising a caterpillar in class, they will be so much more excited about the book. The students can understand the text easily and gain so much knowledge. The pictures are absolutely prec ...more
Jen Zuvella
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first saw this book’s cover, I automatically thought of my childhood days and how much I enjoyed catching a caterpillar and watching through its cycle of life. The illustrations are very detailed and colorful. I think children will really like looking through this book. After reading this book, there are many activities you could do, one being having caterpillars of your own. Or you could research butterflies and then go explore outside looking for them. Students could learn many lessons ...more
When a classroom gets a caterpillar as a class pet the students are ecstatic. They learn what a caterpillar eats, how it sleeps, and how it turns into a chrysalis. When the caterpillar turns into a chrysalis the students observe the caterpillar transition into a butterfly, they let it free and watch it leave the classroom. This book is great for students to learn about metamorphosis and how a caterpillar transitions into a butterfly. Students can also learn about living and non-living things. I ...more
Moesha Crawford
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This informational text is between the range of informational nature and discovery text. This book takes children through the life cycle of a butterly. Teaching then how a caterpillar is starts out in an egg, grows and peel itself out of its skin, then how it stays in its chrysalis and grows into a butterfly. This books takes children closely through the life of a caterpillar to a butterfly. At end of the story the author decribes various type of butterflies and where they may be found across th ...more
Faith Barron
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3601-non-fiction
From Caterpillar to Butterfly written by Deborah Heiligman is a wonderful book for students to learn about the stages for a caterpillar to turn into a butterfly. This book is actually set in a classroom where the class is able to watch how it all happens. Having the students be able to relate to this book is a plus. Through the captivating illustrations and connection between them and the students in the book, your students will be dying to know all the stages. Another great thing about this boo ...more
Jasmine Bowman
A class cares for a caterpillar, and watches it grow. As days and even weeks go by, the students explain the stages of life that their caterpillar and soon-to-be butterfly is going through. Throughout the story, they use correct terminology to explain concepts, and teach them in an interesting way. After the butterfly breaks out of its cocoon, it is ready to fly. They set it free into the world and watch as it floats away.

I would have my students draw the stages of the caterpillar to butterfly t
Jillian Ware
This book describes how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. It is an informational book but kids will still be interested. This would be a great book to read and then start a butterfly garden in your classroom and watch them grow. The kids will be able to learn something and have hands on activities. This would be a great science lesson. They could keep journals and logs of the caterpillars activities and then metamorphosis.
I really think this is a great book for young students to read. The pictures are bright and moving. The one reason I really liked this books was whiel the students read it and go through the phases of a caterpillar to a buttrefly, they can also see the changes as a class by raising their own caterpillars in the classroom! I did this when i was in thrid grade and it was a fun experience to feed them, wathc them grow, and fly around the box as butterflies.
James Vickery
This book would be a great book to tie into kindergarten with the life cycles lessons. This book would be a great book to read before the students get into the life cycles of plants. This book follows a story of students that bring a caterpillar in a jar into their classroom and watch as they slowly turn into butterflies. The teacher could also get some caterpillars to watch grow into butterflies as a follow up to this book.
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: From Caterpillar to Butterfly Written and Illustrated by:Deborah Heiligman Genre: Non Fiction
Age Level:4 and up grade level p Date: April 2008.
Summary this book is different because it is presented in a classroom setting. The class observes a caterpillar change into a beautiful butterfly in a jar.The pictures display the transformation wonderfully. I know children will enjoy this book. From Caterpillar to Butterfly can be used as a science lesson or even a unit about spring.
Evelyn Matias
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
I would use this book to teach a lesson on butterflies to my first graders. It introduces vocabulary and gives a child an idea of the actual sizes of eggs. I think this book is pretty acurate in what it's showing so that my students can relate it to their outside world when seeing butterflies in there own back yards. They will be able to tell others what they have learned by reading this book before actually doing a hands on activity.
Nicole Holden
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
This book is great for students who are interested in caterpillars and butterflies. This book goes into detail about the life cycle of a butterfly on an elemetary level. This is an easy read book and the picture are great. I love how it explains the step by step life cycles of the butterfly. This book can inspire any teacher to try having a butterfly in the classroom. I know I will have one.
A caterpillar comes to school in a jar. The class watches the caterpillar each day as it grows and changes. Soon, it disappears into a hard shell called a chrysalis. Then the chrysalis breaks, and a beautiful butterfly flies out of the jar! This is a perfect beginner's guide to the mystery of metamorphosis.
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Deborah Heiligman has been writing for children since she worked at Scholastic News soon after college. Since then she has written more than thirty books for children and teens. Her books include picture books, both fiction and nonfiction, and young adult nonfiction and fiction. Some titles: Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith, a National Book Award finalist; The Boy Who Loved Math: The I ...more
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