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Waiting for Wings [Hardcover]

By Lois Ehlert (Author)
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Item description for Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert...

Illustrates the life cycle of four common butterflies by featuring butterfly and flower facts, butterfly identification tips, and a guide to creating a butterfly garden.

Publishers Description
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.

Awards and Recognitions
Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award - 2005-2006 Nominee - Picture Book category
  • Bookseller's Choice - 2002 Winner - Nonfiction category
  • Young Hoosier Book Award - 2004 Nominee - Picture Book category
  • Charlotte Award - 2004 Nominee - Primary category
  • Monarch Award - 2006 Nominee - Grades K-3 category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1298
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 03/01/2001 page 330
  • Bookpage - 04/01/2001 page 28
  • Booklist - 03/01/2001 page 1276
  • Publishers Weekly - 04/02/2001 page 63
  • School Library Journal - 04/01/2001 page 129
  • Horn Book Magazine - 05/01/2001 page 346
  • Booklist - 12/01/2001 page 658
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2001 page 365
  • ALA Notable Childrens Books - 03/15/2002 page 1229
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2002 page 78
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2001 page 365
  • School Library Journal - 10/01/2004
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 863

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Harcourt Children's Books
Pages   40
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 12.1" Width: 10.2" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 23, 2010
Publisher   Harcourt Children's Books
Grade Level  Grade School  
Age  3-7
ISBN  0152026088  
ISBN13  9780152026080  

Availability  269 units.
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More About Lois Ehlert

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lois Ehlert is the author of many award-winning picture books, including Market Day, which was named a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she creates her books, collects folk art, and waits for butterflies to visit each spring.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > Bugs & Spiders > Nonfiction
2Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( E ) > Ehlert, Lois
3Books > Subjects > Children > Baby-3 > General
4Books > Subjects > Children > Science, Nature & How It Works > Nature > Fiction
5Books > Subjects > Children > Science, Nature & How It Works > Nature > Flowers & Plants > Nonfiction
6Books > Subjects > Children > Baby-3
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Reviews - What do customers think about Waiting for Wings?

Art"full" Wings.  Jun 29, 2007
Lois Ehlert takes you on a colorful, intriguing story about the life cycle of a butterfly. Excellent for art students at any level! Text is simple enough for preschoolers and can be enjoyed through the elementary grades. Enjoy this exciting trip through nature and its wonders!
But Where do Caterpillars Come From?  Sep 12, 2006

This is a beautiful and very clever book. Pages are cocooned within larger pages, with individual illustrations blending seamlessly into the background illustrations. Like the natural world itself, this book rewards the patient observer, with rich details on the surface and others folded in more subtly. Your kids will be focused in on a little book within the big book, as the caterpillar goes on its journey. It makes the launch to the story within the bigger background pages all the more dynamic, striking as the shift from Kansas to Oz.

It starts with the eggs "hidden from view,/ clinging to leaves with butterfly glue." As we turn the pages of a little book enshrouded in the bigger book, we see the caterpillars hatch, "each one knows what it must do," and we follow the path to metamorphosis. Ultimately, the reader will be rewarded with multiple beautiful butterflies launching up towards the sky, a nice Lepidopterian metaphor for the developmental adventures in store for our little ones. It's a good job of story-telling when we know exactly where the story is going but still find ourselves awestruck.

Finally, as if Ms. Ehlert hadn't done enough, we get several pages at the end on butterfly identification, with information on colors, wingspans shown in actual size, the corresponding caterpillars that precede the butterflies, and the like. We get flower information, and then tips on growing your own butterfly garden. Nice stuff.

Get this book, drill it for a few night-night times, and then take your toddlers to a butterfly pavilion to see the real deal. Good times.
Color,color,color!  Mar 20, 2006
As usual, Lois Ehlert stimulates and educates the young reader about the mysteries of caterpillars to butterflies. Not only are the colors absolutely stunning, she provides factual information about different species. This book was a fabulous preparation for my classroom of small children as they watched their own caterpillars prepare for their magical transformation!
A Life's Journey  Jul 27, 2005
Waiting for Wings is a picture book showing the life cycle of a butterfly. The story uses tantalizing pictures and simple words to explain how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. The book takes the reader through the stages of the caterpillar's life. Once the caterpillar has become a butterfly the story changes to how a butterfly lives its life. The illustrations pull the reader into this book. The print is large and easy to read for young reader. The text also rhymes for two pages at a time. As the caterpillar grows the pages become larger, until the butterfly hatches. As the butterfly begins its flight the pages are full size. The illustrations and page sizes are wonderful for young readers. This book also contains identification pages on butterflies and the flowers they eat.

Toddlers and Babies, too!  May 24, 2004
I have a three year old daughter who must be read to before sleeping. I also have a three month old baby girl who is often in the bed with us while we read. Often, the baby is restless and cries before we finish our books. Waiting for Wings is a fabulous solution. I find this interesting AND educational for my toddler. In addition, the colors are bright and contrasting, allowing my baby to be entertained while the book is read.

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