cover image Butterflies


Seymour Simon. Collins, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-191493-5

Science writer Simon vividly explores the life cycles of butterflies and moths around the globe: “Butterflies and moths live in high mountains; in deserts and swamps; on cold, windblown Arctic tundra; and in warm tropical rainforests.” Simon’s often breathtaking photographs offer closeup views of the insects, demonstrating color variations and their incredible transformations from pupa to adult moth or butterfly. Readers will be armed for the field with juicy vocabulary (like proboscis and chrysalis) and tantalizing anatomical descriptions to share (“Butterflies smell with their antennae and taste with their feet”). Ages 5–9. (Sept.)