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Summer Birds

Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian
By Margarita Engle
Illustrated by Julie Paschkis

In the Middle Ages, people believed that insects were evil, born from mud in a process called spontaneous generation. Maria Merian was only a child, but she disagreed. She watched carefully as caterpillars spun themselves cocoons, which opened to reveal summer birds, or butterflies and moths. Maria studied the whole life cycle of the summer birds, and documented what she learned in vibrant paintings.

This is the story of one young girl who took the time to observe and learn, and in so doing disproved a theory that went all the way back to ancient Greece.

Maria Merian’s Butterflies: The Illustrated Story of How a 17th-Century Woman Forever Changed the Course of Science Through Art



May 21, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Butterfly Ball

butterflyballButterfly Ball
by Roger Glover

The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast is a concept album and subsequent live rock opera appearing in 1974 and 1975 respectively, based on the children’s poem of a similar title. The album cover design is from Alan Aldridge’s design for a 1973 book based on the poem.


December 2, 2016 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast

the-butterfly-ball-and-the-grasshoppers-feastThe Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast

By William Plomer
Illustrated by Alan Aldridge

Renowned illustrator Alan Aldridge introduced the fantastical world of the Butterfly Ball in this breathtaking modern classic.


November 20, 2016 at 5:25 am Leave a comment

The Butterfly

June 1, 2015 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Monarch Butterfly amazing migration

October 23, 2013 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Fly Away

by Rebecca Troon
Audio: .mp3

A larvae crawls from a tiny egg
Munches milkweed leaves all day
She grows and grows, then sheds her skin
Her colors warn of poison within.

Oh, fly away
Fly we say
Everybody fly one day
The caterpillar can only crawl
But the butterfly flies away.

She stores her fat for a special day
Then forms herself in the shape of a “J”
Sheds to reveal a chrysalis
It’s time for her metamorphosis.

Tick tock, tick tock, twelve days pass
The butterfly comes out at last
She dries her wings, rests in a gum tree
Sips flower nectar oh so sweet.

She travels on for many days
Finds a mate and lays her eggs
Orange, black and white she flashes by
The lovely monarch butterfly


October 22, 2013 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Airplanes in the Garden


October 21, 2013 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

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