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Butterfly Birthday

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Butterfly Birthday completes the four-book series --Snow Party, Mermaid Dance, By the Light of the Harvest Moon -- that celebrates the many wonders of the changing seasons. On the first day of spring, bugs of every shape, size, and color greet each other after the long, cold winter. At a spectacular party to celebrate the vernal equinox, caterpillars emerge from their chry ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 31st 2010 by Blue Apple Books
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Eileen Carter
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. The colors in the pictures are incredible. The butterflies look just like the real ones that children would see in their gardens. Not only is this book fun to listen to but it is educational throwing in some big words like metamorphosis, chrysalis and vernal equinox. Children of all ages will enjoy this book. Teachers can use this book as they teach about spring and life cycles of insects.
Harriet Ziefert has done an outstanding job with this book. I plan on reading
Apr 28, 2010 rated it liked it
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A beautiful and vibrant book about insects emerging after winter and coming together to celebrate the first day of spring. Mini science lessons throughout as the insects (beetles, ants, caterpillars!) get ready for their party on the vernal equinox. The stars of the party are the fuzzy caterpillars who spin their chrysalises and emerge as butterflies. Metamorphosis!

The hardcover edition I loaned from the library is especially beautiful with the cover being extremely bright and colourful and the
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
What does classical insect music sound like? Is there a Buggy Brahms? An Albinoni Ant? A Beethoven Beetle? Screw wanting to know where tired butterflies sleep, that's what I want to know about.

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Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This story's gentle pacing takes us through the preparations for an insect party to mark the spring equinox. Why are those lazy caterpillars just munching instead of helping to decorate? The question is answered when the insects see their gorgeous chrysalises hanging, and they slowly emerge in their new forms. The highlight of this book is the bright, boldly colorful illustrations, which celebrate the seasonal change.
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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My wife has a cousin with a 6 year old daughter who read this to us this evening. It's a children's book with visually appealing and beautifully drawn scenes of butterflies and other bugs and insects, and a story of them greeting each other at the start of spring after a long cold winter.
Heather Spergel
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This beautifully illustrated book about the metamorphosis into butterflies is cute and informative. The cover has a texture that makes it pleasing to hold, the pictures keep the children engaged, and the information is accurate and sweet. We enjoyed it greatly! A fellow NJ author! So wonderful!
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This is a little strange for a two year to love so much....but she does!!! I'm afraid to return it to the library because she loves it so much!
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Harriet Ziefert grew up in North Bergen, New Jersey, where she attended the local schools. She graduated from Smith College, then received a Masters degree in Education from New York University.

For many years, Ziefert was an elementary school teacher. She taught most grades from kindergarten to fifth grade. "I liked it," she said, but she stopped teaching when she had her own sons. When her childr