Waiting for Wings (Rise and Shine)

by Lois Ehlert (Author)

Waiting for Wings (Rise and Shine)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Series: Rise and Shine
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.
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Kirkus Review - Children

Starred Review
In order to serve the rhyme, Ehlert repeatedly has her butterflies "eat" nectar, even though, as explained in the appendix, they actually drink it—but this still makes a riveting introduction to the science and (visually at least) the poetry of these splendidly attired insects.


Starred Review
An original and vivid introduction.

Publishers Weekly

Ehlert (Hands; Market Day) again spreads her creative wings to deliver this inventively designed picture book about caterpillars' metamorphosis into butterflies. Nestled against a verdant spring-garden backdrop formed by the front end paper and opening page, readers will find a small book within the book. On each of the smaller pages, which are artistic extensions of the main background spread, Ehlert unfolds a rhyming text explaining how caterpillars lay eggs and form "a case in which to grow" before "wings unfold; new butterflies are born!" A series of half and full pages show the brilliant butterflies taking wing, flitting among bold cut-paper-collage flowers in vibrant pinks, purples, yellows, reds and oranges. The brief and cheery tone serves as an inviting introduction into a fascinating life cycle. Several closing pages contain detailed information on butterflies, a visual glossary for butterfly and flower identification (including ways of recognizing butterflies by their caterpillar and chrysalis markings) and suggestions for growing a butterfly garden. On the whole, Ehlert soars with a masterful blend of art and natural science. A must for budding lepidopterists. Ages 3-7. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Publishers Weekly Used with permission.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
Publication date
April 20, 2001
Rise and Shine
BISAC categories
JNF003120 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Insects, Spiders, etc.
Library of Congress categories
Butterfly gardening
Butterfly gardens
Young Hoosier Book Award
Nominee 2004 - 2004
Charlotte Award
Nominee 2004 - 2004
Monarch Award
Nominee 2006 - 2006
South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award
Nominee 2005 - 2006

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