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Waiting for Wings (Rise and Shine) Hardcover – 1 April 2001

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Lois Ehlert, beloved illustrator of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and many other bold, beautiful picture books has outdone herself with this gorgeous (seriously breathtaking) celebration of butterfly metamorphosis. "Out in the fields, eggs are hidden from view, / clinging to leaves with butterfly glue. / Soon caterpillars hatch. They creep and chew. / Each one knows what it must do." As the gentle rhyme unfolds, we turn the small, partial pages that form the larger spread of fabulous foliage in this lush, oversized book. Before our eyes, the eggs turn to caterpillars, the caterpillars to cases, the cases to lovely butterflies. "They pump their wings, get ready to fly, then hungry butterflies head for the sky." The colors become increasingly dazzling, each butterfly springing to life with Ehlert's color-soaked cut-paper magic. Several pages of background material conclude the book, labeling different kinds of butterflies at different stages of development, from the buckeye butterfly to the painted lady to the monarch. A "Butterfly Information" page clearly labels butterfly anatomy and answers basic question about these fascinating fluttery insects, a "Flower Identification" page showcases butterfly-attracting flowers such as the purple coneflower (echinacea), phlox, and lantana, and the last page offers a few pointers on growing a butterfly garden. (Ages 3 to 6) --Karin Snelson

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Ages 4-6, older for reading alone. In a field, butterfly eggs stick to leaves, then hatch. Caterpillars eat and "make a case" in which to grow. Then the cases tear and butterflies emerge, pumping their wings. They sip nectar from the flowers, then fly back to the fields to lay their eggs. Following this simple story, a colorful spread depicts the caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly stages of the Buckeye, Painted Lay, Monarch, and Tiger Swallowtail butterflies. Three more pages lay out basic information about the physical characteristics, life stages, and food of butterflies; pictures of the flowers that butterflies favor; and advice on planting a garden that attracts butterflies. The large format allows for an unusual device: the first half of the story takes place in one small section of the field, which is represented on a double-page spread. Small pages at the bottom of the spread turn so that minor changes to the eggs, caterpillars, and chrysalises can be shown within the larger framework. Although this concentrates children's attention on the subtle changes taking place, the overall consequence is a rather static first half of the book. However, that in turn heightens the effect of flight when the butterflies finally take off, glowing in silhouette against a white background. Ehlert's sense of form, color, and design inform every page but are seen to best effect where garden and butterflies combine in a glorious riot of pink, purple, red, yellow, orange, green, and tawny hues. The short, rhyming text reads aloud well, telling the story without anthropomorphism. An original and vivid introduction. Carolyn Phelan
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; First edition (1 April 2001)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0152026088
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0152026080
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 454 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 25.4 x 1.75 x 30.48 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ China
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LOIS EHLERT has created many picture books, including Leaf Man, Pie in the Sky, In My World, Growing Vegetable Soup, Planting a Rainbow, and the bestselling Waiting for Wings. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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