Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
Maxwell Eaton III’s The Truth About Butterflies is another hilarious addition to this fan favorite series. A funny, informational book to what butterflies are really like.
This guide to the majestic butterfly walks you through its unique life cycle and offers anything you ever wanted to know about the colorful insect… perfect for bug lovers and insect enthusiasts!
About: The Truth About Butterflies is a nonfiction children’s picture book written and illustrated by Maxwell Eaton III. It was published on 8/11/2020 by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, hardcover, 32 pages. The genres are picture book, children’s book, animals, and nonfiction. This book is intended for readers ages 4 to 8. There are 8 books in this series called The Truth About Your Favorite Animals: book 1 is The Truth About Hippos, book 2 is The Truth About Bears, book 3 is The Truth About Dolphins, book 4 is The Truth About Elephants, book 5 is The Truth About Crocodiles, book 6 is The Truth About Hawks, book 7 is The Truth About Butterflies, book 8 is The Truth About Parrots. According to the publisher’s website, “Roaring Brook Press is a publisher of high-quality literature for young readers of all ages, from toddler to teen, and in all categories: picture books, fiction, and nonfiction.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Truth About Butterflies for my daughter on 6/12/2021 and we read it again on 6/17/2021. A fantastic book! I loved learning the metamorphosis stages of a butterfly. It’s so unique. Those facts were definitely interesting to read. Love the illustrations where it showed the details of the body structure of the butterfly as well as the scales on the wings. It’s great to see the difference between a moth and a butterfly. My neighbor recently owned a butterfly kit where she bought them from the caterpillar stage and watched it metamorphose. When the process completed and they became butterflies, she released them into the world. It’s neat that this book also taught readers ways to help raise butterflies or gave them a place to live.
This book started by informing readers that butterflies are colorful flying insects. There’s an illustration to show a butterfly’s body parts. Readers will learn that there are more than 18,000 butterfly species. Both pages are filled with illustrations of a few butterflies and where in the world you can find them. There are quick facts where readers learn how butterflies avoid becoming another animal’s meal. There’s a page to compare between a butterfly and a moth. Readers will learn what butterflies eat and the stages in which they metamorphosis. In the end, readers are informed of how people can play a role in either helping or destroying the lives of the butterflies.
The Truth About Butterflies was well written and illustrated. I liked examples given of butterfly’s predators both large and small. The definition of metamorphosis was helpful and I liked especially the direction on how to pronounce proboscis. Any help on big words are always a plus on books for kids. I didn’t read the humor part of the illustrations this time because I wanted my daughter to learn the animal facts, but when my son read it, I’m sure he enjoyed the jokes. Butterflies are beautiful insects and my family love to visit butterfly garden like the one at Callaway Gardens. This book was an awesome read and I highly recommend everyone to read it.
I rate it 5 stars!
Tag Lines: butterflies, quick facts, metamorphosis process, humor, illustrations,
About the Author and Illustrator:
Maxwell Eaton III is a highly tolerated author and illustrator of numerous books for children, including his The Truth About Your Favorite Animals series, which includes entries on dolphins, elephants, crocodiles, and more. When he isn’t drawing talking animals, Eaton can be found in a canoe with his wife and daughter in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. (Photo obtained from the author’s Instagram page and info obtained from Macmillan’s website. Book pictures obtained from Edelweiss).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to MacKidsBooks for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.