The Butterfly House

The Butterfly House, by Katy Flint


Los Angeles was recently overrun by clouds of migrating butterflies so this is a topic that I’m sure has been on the minds of lots of kids lately! The Butterfly House is a brand new nonfiction picture book that tells you everything you ever wanted to know about butterflies and moths. It has beautiful, vibrant pictures and takes readers through an imaginary butterfly house, where field notes and diagrams teach about the life cycle, classification and behaviors of many different species.
While this book is written at about a 4th grade independent reading level, the illustrations and facts will be interesting to even the youngest entomologists- you might just want to browse and choose a few pages to read with them rather than studying the entire book. The following questions are geared towards the 7-10 year old age range.

Discussion Questions:

  1. How are butterflies and moths similar? What makes them different?
  2. Use the words “First, next, then, and finally” to put following stages of a butterfly’s life cycle in order: Butterfly, Egg, Chrysalis, Caterpillar
  3. What are some adaptations that keep caterpillars safe from predators? (spiny/hairy bodies, eyespots that make them look like snakes or other dangerous animals)
  4. What are some other things that you learned about butterflies and moths? What are you still wondering? Where could you go to find out more information?

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