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Butterfly Counting

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butterfly countingButterfly Counting
by Jerry Pallotta; illus by Shennen Bersani
32 pages; ages 3-7
Charlesbridge, 2015

Zero. That’s how many butterflies an Emperor penguin sees over his entire lifetime. That’s because there are no butterflies on Antarctica.

All we have to do to find butterflies is open this book – even on the coldest, rainiest, wind-howliest day. From one to twenty-five we’ll be counting butterflies, beginning with one red Zarinda and two Holly Blue butterflies. If you’re a fan of Jerry Pallotta bug alphabet books, then you’ll have a lot of fun with this one.

What I like love about this book: Each page features a different kind of butterfly PLUS a cool butterfly fact. So by the time you get to the end you know about butterfly mouths and antennae that smell and feet that taste and what the word for butterfly poop is. It’s “frass” in case you are wondering.

Pallotta also includes a whole bunch of names for butterflies in foreign languages, like parpar (Hebrew) and kelebek (Turkish). I love it when Pallotta surprises us with different life stages of the butterfly: on one page we’re counting eggs, on another we’re counting caterpillars, and yet another we’re counting chrysalises.

The illustrations are marvelous, giving us so much to see on each page – especially the page filled with caterpillars of all types. And there are even some practical jokes tossed in: a page of moths, a grasshopper, and that penguin.

Head over to Archimedes Notebook for some beyond-the-book butterfly activities.

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One thought on “Butterfly Counting

  1. Thanks for sharing Sue! This one look great.