Mosco, Rosemary

Butterflies Are Pretty...Gross!

(3) K-3 Illustrated by Jacob Souva. "Don't read any further unless you're ready for the real story." After plenty of warnings, a Monarch butterfly flits across this book's pages, sharing "gross" butterfly attributes and habits. Readers will probably find some information entertainingly unsavory: e.g., the "Giant Swallowtail caterpillar looks like bird poop," and Red-banded Hairstreaks "have butts that look like heads." Other facts aren't gross, just lesser known: the Alcon Blue butterfly impersonates an ant; "butterflies taste with their feet." The cheerily stylish illustrations give the insects lots of personality and are a good match for the breezy text. Seven butterfly species are profiled at book's end.


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