What’s Inside a Caterpillar Cocoon?: And Other Questions About Moths & Butterflies

Crown. (What’s Inside). Sept. 2023. 48p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593176573.
K-Gr 3–The subject of caterpillars and butterflies is perennially popular for school-aged children, with new books published each year on the topic. Do we really need more? Yes, if it’s this one, which stands out from the sea of recent contenders. Following moths and caterpillars through their life cycles—from egg to larvae to pupa and adult stages—it compares them and puts their lives into context with the environment in which they live. The illustrations are drop-dead gorgeous, full of color and contrast, and rich in detail. Heaps of fun informational nuggets are delivered throughout, similar in format to other very popular, photographically designed nonfiction book series this age group devours. For instance, there are moths that never eat anything at all, and some caterpillars change color when they molt. Back matter encourages further connection to the topic through activities for exploration and resources for creating habitats for pollinators at home.
VERDICT A comprehensive, accessible, and visually beautiful selection recommended for both school and public libraries.

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