Ehlert, Lois – Waiting For Wings

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  • Age Range: 4 – 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Lexile Measure: 160L
  • Series: Rise and Shine
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152026088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152026080


Every spring, butterflies emerge and dazzle the world with their vibrant beauty. But where do butterflies come from? How are they born? What do they eat, and how? With a simple, rhyming text and glorious color-drenched collage, Lois Ehlert provides clear answers to these and other questions as she follows the life cycle of four common butterflies, from their beginnings as tiny hidden eggs and hungry caterpillars to their transformation into full-grown butterflies. Complete with butterfly and flower facts and identification tips, as well as a guide to planting a butterfly garden, this butterfly book is like no other.

Rationale for Inclusion: Lois Ehlert’s colorful world is rife with activity for children. Often while they’re listening to a lovely story about how caterpillars turn into butterflies, they’re also intaking illustrations composed of shapes, colors, in repetitive frequency. This allows for a caretaker or children’s librarian to ask a plethora of questions to interact with children for a truly engaging experience. Waiting for Wings in particular has a very non-fiction vibe to it, and Ehlert always includes a few final pages with facts about the theme of the book. Waiting for Wings has a two page spread of various caterpillars and butterflies with their scientific names.

Waiting for Wings read aloud by Miss Meg:



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