Bird, Butterfly, Eel

Summary:

Explore the life cycle of butterflies, birds, and eels that live on the same coastal farm. The author shows how they spend their summer on his property and then migrate to some very different and distant places in the fall.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is an excellent book to get a class or child interested in migratory habits of animals, birds and other critters.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Young Reader Reaction

We read this with a small mixed group of youngsters, and the reaction matched. Boys and girls who were into nature found it interesting; the rest were ambivalent.

Adult Reader Reaction

I thought the mix of bird, butterfly, and eel was unusual. I also really liked the map the author provided to show where the creatures actually migrated.I would give the author very high marks on the factual material he provided in the text and in the book's concluding section.

Type of Book:
This book is filled with research and information on animal migration.
Educational Themes:

There are several layers to this book. You can explore nature and migration for each of the animal species; you can contrast/compare insects and mammals; and you can learn to read maps.

Reading Level:
4.6
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 and Up
Age of child:
Read with a class of 8 and 9 year-olds.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. I would borrow this book for home use. That said, every school library should purchase a copy.

Title Bird, Butterfly, Eel
About
Author James Prosek
Publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Imprint Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing © 2009
Illustrators James Prosek
ISBN 0689868294
Material Hard Cover
Genres Nature, Animal (Nonfiction)
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