Illustrated by Marc Boutavant
2012 / ISBN 9780763658038
Picture book, animals (ages 3 and up)
by Bob Walch
Preschoolers are invited to lift the flaps in this novelty book
and learn all about animal life. Butterflies, polar bears, turtles,
frogs, and birds all have a fascinating life journey to follow.
As the child turns the pages he or she will follow that journey.
For example, you'll see a small, papery "package" hanging
under a leaf on a tree. What will it be? Flip the flap on the next
page and you'll discover that one day the mysterious package will
open and a butterfly will emerge.
The following two-page spread then explains how eggs, which hatch
into caterpillars, are deposited on the leaf. They, in turn, nibble
on the leaf and grow bigger. Then each caterpillar makes a small,
papery package that hangs from the leaf by a small, silken thread.
The art is alive, bright and vibrant and the stories of each creature
kept simple, but the child will get the idea that whether they emerge
from eggs or from inside their mothers, these animals will grow
and change into something quite remarkable.