Butterfly Birthday

My local librarian shared another great book with me last week.  Butterfly Birthday by Harriet Ziefert is a wonderful celebration of spring.  Both text and illustrations (thanks to illustrator Mark Jones) are beautifully entwined, creating the perfect read aloud for both adult and child.

Better still, the author cleverly uses scientific words like chrysalis, vernal equinox, and metamorphosis creating a work of fiction that could easily be used during a science lesson.  As a teacher, I was impressed with how she inserted such scientific words without losing the poetic flow. 

This book is actually the last of four in a series with each representing one the four seasons.  The others are:

Snow Party by Harriet Ziefert

Mermaid Dance by Marjorie Hakala

By the Light of the Harvest Moon by Harriet Ziefert

So go to your local library or bookstore and check these out. 

Summer Time Journal Idea:  Butterfly Birthday is a fictional account of how the insects celebrate the first day of spring.  Choose your favorite season and animal.  Then combine the two, writing a story of how this animal would celebrate or enjoy that season.  You could also choose a holiday theme. Once you’re done, you have another story to share with your students as an excellent model of creative writing.


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