It Is Time: The Life of a Caterpillar

Holiday House. (I Like To Read). May 2023. 32p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780823450794.
PreS-Gr 3–The butterfly’s life cycle is perennially captivating fodder for emergent readers. The four stages of metamorphosis from egg to larva to pupa to butterfly is one of nature’s most fascinating glow-ups, albeit a sometimes gritty and perilous one. Rockwell’s illustrations have a rich amount of detail, vary perspective frequently, and are sure to delight budding entomologists. From the caterpillar’s defensive pose to the wet wings of the newly emerged butterfly, the illustrations underscore the miraculous transformation of metamorphosis at every turn. Rockwell is able to convey a lot of information in this leveled reader, and she reiterates the metamorphosis cycle with more specific time frames in the back matter.
VERDICT Against all odds, an often-told tale of egg-to-butterfly feels new again. A recommended purchase for transitioning readers.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing