Time For Kids
by Time for Kids Editors with David Bjerklie
It's hard to find a kid who doesn't like butterflies. Their complex metamorphosis makes
them the darling of the classroom. And kids are fascinated by the near magic of seeing
a creature go from wormlike to delicately beautiful, so it's not surprising that Time
for Kids matched some gorgeous photography with the simple text of this early reader.
At level 3, the pages contain full paragraphs of 4 or more sentences and include fairly
challenging vocabulary (though carefully written to make the more difficult bits clearer
through context.) My six-year-old daughter was fascinated to see a butterfly fossil and
learn how long butterflies have fluttered about the earth. Plus, it's a rare joy for parents
and teachers to find inexpensive books that have such beautiful and unusual photographs
- and which can be used to encourage early research and report writing. I know at our house,
the Time for Kids section of the bookcase is growing - and not likely to stop anytime
soon. Interesting and beautiful books like Butterflies! are the clear reason why.
NOTE: Reviewer Jan
Fields is the editor of Kid Magazine Writers emagazine and has written dozens of
stories and articles for the children's magazine market.