An autobiography from the perspective of a butterfly named Mariposa, "My Name is Butterfly" by Mary Ellen Ryall is a lovely story about patience, preservation, and appreciating the beauty all around us.
A little girl named Sarah sees a Monarch butterfly lay an egg, then watches it grow, and eventually gives it its name before the butterfly flies off for Mexico. What I liked most about this story is it gave so much factual information about butterflies, while still feeling completely like a story and not a text book. The simple illustrations and clean layout make the book easy to read.
Book for Children Ages: 3 to 7 years old
- What other animals can you think of that lay eggs?
- What is your favorite animal?
- Have you ever watched an animal grow? What did you learn?
- Can you think of other animals that migrate? What do animals do during the winter that don't migrate?
- How can we protect butterflies, bees, and other important insects that help plants grow and the earth be healthy?
- Make a butterfly mobile. Color butterflies on craft foam or cardstock. Cut out, punch a hole, and use yarn to tie them to a clothes hanger, then hang from a hook in the ceiling.
- Take a nature walk and see what different kinds of bugs and animals you can find. If you have a camera, take pictures and make your own wildlife book when you get home. Otherwise take a notebook and crayons and draw pictures of the animals you see. Help your child write captions on each page when you get home.
- Imagine you are a butterfly and fly around your backyard. How would things look different if you a butterfly? What kinds of things would you be looking for?
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars - Beautiful Book*