A Breath of Spring: Handle with Care

Tired of winter? Have your seen the new picture book by Loree Griffin Burns  and photographer Ellen Harasimowicz. Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey? It is a breath of springtime!


The first thing you are going to notice when you open the book are the absolutely eye-popping photographs. You see butterflies laying eggs, exotic-looking caterpillars, colorful pupae and even more pupae.


Although it is filled with beautiful photographs of butterfly life stages, this isn’t your typical butterfly life cycle book for young readers. Burns and Harasimowicz asked where the tropical butterflies you see in local butterfly exhibits come from and they traveled to all the way to Costa Rica to find out.

Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey will surely inspire a trip to a butterfly exhibit. You will want to use it to accompany units on life cycles, farming, and insects, as well. Read it and watch children’s imaginations take flight!

Stop by Growing with Science for a more extensive review, suggested activities and lots of butterfly photographs.