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A Butterfly Is Patient

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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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There is no other word to describe A Butterfly Is Patient better than to call it a stunner. The kind of a stunner that makes your head turn around (picture Exorcist movie) when it walks by you.

Aesthetically pleasing.

I bought this to my daughter who has been meeting butterflies through the summer, and been somewhat scared of their approach toward her. She is allergic to mosquitoes, and in general knows how to avoid wasps and gadflies, and th
Lisa Vegan
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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,
 Lisa A. ⚡
Amazon had the kindle version of this gem on sale for 99¢ and I couldn't resist. I enjoy illustrated books and this didn't disappoint. The watercolor based renderings are pieces of artwork and while beautiful to look at, they are also educational.

Although the information included within the captions are geared toward children, I must say I learned a couple of new facts. I don't know if I would want to encounter the world's largest butterfly with a one-foot wing span, so thank goodness they are
Breanne Sergenti
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great read!
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is one series that had my attention caught since of its descriptive title. Each book's title within the series gives the reader a chance to know what is being explored within the pages of the actual book while also providing the format of the book's writing, which is the "is ...".

Furthermore each book in the series can also be read in two different formats thus allowing the reading audience to be broadened out. If you have very young readers or those who cannot sit still long enough for a
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ncbla
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
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
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.
Tanya W
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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!
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
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.
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
So beautiful! The illustrations are wonderful. Would have given 5 stars if not for the mention of "millions of years ago." :)
I learn so much from these books...oh, and the kids do too!
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-literature
A Butterfly Is Patient written by Dianna Hutts Aston

Illustrated by Sylvia Long

Copyright: 2011

Genre: Informational, Science

Literature Requirement: An informational book

*Spoiler Alert* I thought this book was a really great informational book about butterflies. The illustrations in A Butterfly is Patient are really vivid and colorful. The illustrations are all hand drawn and shows different pictures of different species of butterflies. The illustrations also showed their life cycle of the butterfl
Taylor Shannon
This is a book about butterflies and their entire life span. This book describes the cycle of butterflies from the beginning, while they are caterpillars, to the end when they become beautiful butterflies. The illustrations in this book help for students to understand the life cycle of a butterfly. It also includes images of different types of butterflies. This book would be extremely useful when talking about butterflies. At a preschool back home, they get caterpillars in their classroom and wa ...more
Patsy Froneberger
This non fiction book about Butterflies has a plethora of information along with beautiful pictures of butterflies in their natural habitat.

I would give this book five stars because of the way this book gave factual information that is objectively balanced and the format effectively conveys information about butterflies.

I would recommend this book to children from first through third graders because the photographs actively depicts the authenticity of the way a butterfly looks. looking at the p
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series of books are a beautiful introduction into some of nature's fascinating transformations. Caterpillars into butterflies. Seeds into plants, trees and flowers. Eggs into birds, fish, bugs, and reptiles. Sand and lava into rocks. Fantastic illustrations by Sylvia Long. Sharing beauty in the small (sometimes tiny!) natural world. #kidsbooksworthreading #kidsbooks #kidsbook #kidlit #childrensliterature #kidsbookstagram #diannahuttsaston #sylvialong #abutterflyispatient #aseedissleepy #ane ...more
Alex Wingrove
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
This book is all about different butterflies. It goes through and talks about each butterfly and things about them.
I loved the illustrations of this book!
This would be good to read to children because children are fascinated by butterflies.
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Plan to buy this one. My mother would have loved this book!
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
my 3 kids and I enjoyed reading this book. I found myself learning some new things as well. the illustrations were beautiful. I would recommend this book to others.
Christa who loves the library
Beautiful! Beautiful!
Jo Oehrlein
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lovely detailed illustrations give tons of information about a large variety of butterflies.
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love the illustrations for this series.
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kirkus Review: Another interwoven flight of poetry, natural history and lovely art from the creators of An Egg Is Quiet (2006) and A Seed Is Sleepy (2007). Beneath hand-scripted headers that sometimes take license with facts but create lyrical overtones (“A butterfly is creative”), Aston offers specific and accurate descriptions of metamorphosis, pollination, camouflage, migration and other butterfly features and functions, along with the differences between butterflies and moths. Imagination-st ...more
Addie Lauver
Aston, Dianna H., Long, Sylvia. A Butterfly is Patient. Chronicle Books LLC, 2011. 28 p. Gr. K-3
In this non-fiction informational book we learn all about butterflies and how they have to be patient. We learn the life cycle of a butterfly and the order it progresses in. We learn that a butterfly is helpful because it helps pollinate plants, protective because they can camouflage themselves to protect themselves, and some are poisonous and the color of their wings warn other animals. Butterflies a
Roberta Gibson
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Stefanie Green
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
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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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