Monday, May 16, 2011

What's the Difference?

I'm glad that I chose to review a book about the natural world, because today's Nonfiction Monday is at SimplyScience Blog.

This is a title from last year, but it just arrived in my library's bag o' books.

Koontz, Robin. 2010. What's the Difference Between a Butterfly and a Moth? Ill. by Bandelin-Dacey. Minneapolis: Picture Window.

I like this book for two, no, make that three, main reasons:
  • the minimal text makes it a book that you can slip in to a storytime session
  • the illustrations strike a perfect balance between realism and art (anatomically correct with close-up insets, but artfully and attractively presented with soft edges and complimentary backgrounds)
  • the book answers a question that interests kids
Opposing traits are presented on opposing pages,
Can you spot the difference between a butterfly and a moth by looking at the wings?  Many butterflies have wings that are covered with thousands of bright, colorful scales.  The colors help the insect blend in with its surroundings.  Spots on its wings can look like large eyes that scare away animals. 
Most moths have dull-colored scales that match their resting places.  Some moths look like wood or  a leaf.  This helps them blend into their surroundings.

Text box insets offer more technical information and terms,
Some animals and insects are camouflaged.  That means they are shaped or colored to match their surroundings.  Camouflage helps them hide from enemies.
What's the Difference between a Butterfly and a Moth? offers seven differences between the two insects.  A pictorial synopsis is included in the back matter, as well as Fun Facts,  Glossary, To Learn More, and Index.

I wanted to review What's the Difference Between an Alligator and Crocodile? (who doesn't want to know about 'gators and crocs?!)  but it was checked out.

A side note: I was curious about the named illustrator, "Bandelin-Dacey," so I checked it (him/her/them) out. After searching the website for MB Artists: Bandelin-Dacey Studios, I discovered that the artwork is a collaboration of Bob Dacey and Debra Bandelin.  I wonder how that works.  What can be the division of labor in a painting?  Something to ponder ...

See all of the titles in this series at Capstone's site.

Note: For those of you working with a hobbled version of Blogger (as I am!), you have my sympathy.
 It's been a very frustrating week!

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