Butterfly Counting

Jerry Pallotta, illus. by Shennen Bersani. Charlesbridge, $17.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-57091-414-0
Expanding on the subject of their 2013 board book Butterfly Colors and Counting, Pallotta and Bersani take readers on a tour of the world’s butterflies, while encouraging their counting skills. Counting up to 25, Pallotta packs a notable amount of material into the book, detailing aspects of butterfly anatomy, behavior, development, and more (readers also learn how to say “butterfly” in two dozen languages, including Swahili, Tagalog, and sign language). Bersani’s detailed, naturalistic illustrations and Pallotta’s reader-directed questions (“If you were the first person to find this butterfly, what would you call it?”) ought to have readers intrigued by Amethyst Hairstreaks, Blue Triangles, and other colorful varieties of butterflies. Ages 3–7. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 02/23/2015
Release date: 03/10/2015
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-1-57091-415-7
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