A butterfly is magical; a butterfly is creative; a butterfly is spectacular; and, most of all, A BUTTERFLY IS PATIENT (Chronicle, $16.99). Learn about the butterfly’s metamorphosis from caterpillar to winged adult. Examine the distinctive patterns that help camouflage and protect these insects. Follow the famous migration of the monarchs from Canada to Mexico. Dianna Hutts Aston’s engaging, informative text accompanies Sylvia Long’s detailed watercolor illustrations in this gorgeous companion to the same team’s An Egg is Quiet and A Seed is Sleepy. Ages 5-8 – Dana Chidiac
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By Dianna Hutts Aston, Sylvia Long (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780811864794
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 18th, 2011

It’s just another sticky summer night. Everyone is busy, much too busy to turn off the computer and play an old-fashioned board game. Then, suddenly, the lights go out – all of them. The family gathers in the kitchen to make shadow puppets in the dancing candlelight. Together, they climb up to the roof, where they discover a blanket of stars, then down to the street, where they join a block party under the night sky. With breathtaking artwork and sparse text, John Rocco perfectly captures the magic of a summer BLACKOUT (Hyperion, $16.99). Ages 4-7. –Dana Chidiac
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By John Rocco, John Rocco (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781423121909
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 24th, 2011

HERE COMES THE CAT! (McSweeney's McMullens, $12.95) features Vladimir Vagin's fantastical drawings of a mouse traveling the world in a hot air balloon, alerting his fellow citizens that the cat is on his way. As the mouse journeys through landscapes and seascapes, Frank Asch's text is repeated in both English and Russian, cementing the partnership between the American author and Russian illustrator. In the end, it turns out the mice of the world have less to fear from the coming of the cat than they think. Originally printed in 1989, this unique picture book was the first collaboration between Russian and American publishing. Ages 5-8 – Julia Colton
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By Frank Asch, Vladimir Vagin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781936365418
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: McSweeney's McMullens - July 12th, 2011

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