THE BUTTERFLY HOUSE (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books / $19.99 / April 2, 2019)
Step inside the butterfly house, where wonderful, winged insects await. Spot the sleepy oranges mud-puddling, the monarchs migrating, or the green swallowtail beating its shimmering wings. With information on many butterfly and moth families, this gift package is the perfect introduction to the world’s most beautiful insects.
Alice Pattullo is an illustrator based in East London. She produces limited edition screen prints for exhibition and sale in various galleries and shops across the UK. Alongside this Alice works on commissioned illustrations for a variety of clients including Betty’s and Taylor’s of Harrogate, Bon Appetit, Esquire, Cecil Sharp House, Country Living, Crabtree and Evelyn, Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, Design for Today, Faber, Nandos, National Trust, Sainsburys, The V&A Museum, and The Village Voice.
KATY FLINT is a children’s book author and editor, based in London. She is the author of the best-selling sound book The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker, and has worked on many other non-fiction titles – from human bodies to dinosaurs. She likes playing the violin and dog-spotting.
HOW TO BE A BUTTERFLY (words & pictures / $17.95 / April 16, 2019)
A joyous, imaginative, yet informative non-fiction picture book about what it takes to be a butterfly – body parts, behavior and life cycle – with the underlying message that diversity is a wonderful thing. With labelled butterflies throughout, there is plenty for young nature lovers to spot and explore time and again.
Catell Ronca was born in Basel, Switzerland and lives and works in Lucerne. Catell graduated from the Royal College of Art in London and works for a variety of international clients in publishing, editorial and advertising. Her work is regularly recognised in Illustration Annuals. Her plant illustrations are expressive, bold, lively, and saturated in colour.
Laura Knowles has a background in children’s publishing and is the author of We Travel So Far, Once Upon a Jungle, The Coral Kingdom and It Starts with a Seed, winner of the 2017 Margaret Mallett Award for Children’s Non-fiction and shortlisted for the UKLA Book Award 2018. Her love of natural history, words and art have drawn her to work on books about animals and nature. https://www.quartoknows.com/books/9781786038845/How-to-Be-a-Butterfly.html
MY THOUGHTS: I am a big fan of both of these titles. In the Butterfly House’, we have the perfect reference guide for younger readers. Most children have a fascination with butterflies. There’s an almost magical simplicity to watching them silently fly. The school-age years are the perfect opportunity to nurture that fascination. By providing them with an educational yet appealing guidebook to what they’re seeing, they’ll be encouraged to continue learning about these amazing insects.
Those of us who often misidentify some moths and butterflies will also learn a great deal from the massive amount of information provided. Our author has done a fabulous job compiling over 100 species of them!
‘How to Be a Butterfly’ provides both a non-fiction, science viewpoint and a moral message of the beauty of diversity. After all, butterflies’ beauty lies in their diversity. Our author delivers 20,000 ways to be a butterfly. Now THAT’S diversity! But, the educational component is important too as readers are taught the anatomy, behavior, etc. of our winged friends.
Together, these books are an amazing find that need to be a part of any homeschool/classroom library. I was blown away by the amount of priceless information provided. Add to it the beautiful illustrations and you know these books will rarely remain on a shelf. I give them both 5 stars.
I RECEIVED THESE TITLES IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. ALL OPINIONS ARE MINE. PIC/SYNOPSIS BELONG SOLELY TO THE AUTHORS/PUBLISHER.