A Butterfly is Patient
by Dianna Hutts Aston; Illustrated by Sylvia Long
Chronicle Books, 2011
“A Butterfly is Patient” is the newest offering by Dianna Hutts Aston and artist Sylvia Long. It is a stunning book you won’t want to miss. Readers of all ages will pour over Long’s delicate drawings that show a variety of butterflies as they make their journey from egg to adult.
Aston packs a lot of information about butterflies in this brief introduction. Each chapter is two pages in length and begins with a simple statement that highlights a butterfly’s life. The brief paragraph that follows gives enough information without being overwhelming.
The first chapter, “A Butterfly is Patient”, explains how life begins with “an egg beneath an umbrella of leaves.” We go on to learn of their transformation in “A butterfly is creative”. Long’s meticulous attention to detail is displayed in “A butterfly is spectacular!” when the two-page spread filled with a variety of unique butterflies and caterpillars are all identified.
The clearly labeled butterflies and caterpillars make this useful as an identification guide, especially the illustrations of caterpillars in the front and butterflies in the back.
Budding naturalists will also want to savor Aston and Long’s other two, equally mouth-watering science books:“An Egg is Quiet” and “A Seed is Sleepy”.