A Butterfly Smile – A Colourful Butterfly Biology Picturebook for young zoologist. This story is about the life cycle of butterflies. starting butterflies laying their eggs turning into cocoons and emerging into colourful butterflies.
Author: Mathangi Subramanian Illustrator: Lavanya Naidu
Follow along the story where Kavya a shy girl who just moved to Bengaluru to attend her very first school. As expected she felt shy and aloof, in fear that her classmates would make fun of her. Kavya and her family lives on a half finished house which makes it hard for kavya as it was exposed to pollution and noise from the outside, this made her feel small. But during their trip to the park the whole class along with their teacher discover that Kavya knows so much about butterflies and soon she befriends her classmate Mary.
There is a factual information about butterfly colorful biology including their migration put into a beautiful and colourful picture book.
There is also a fun activity in the end where children can create their own butterfly rest station. where butterflies who migrate can have a place to rest.
Text and Images from A Butterfly Smile – Colourful Butterfly Biology
How Caterpillars turn into Colourful Butterflies Early Biology for young zoologist.
“Line up class! Let’s go to the park,” Laila Miss says.
All the students hold hands,
chattering away. Kavya stands by herself.
As they start walking, Laila Miss asks, “Does anyone know what a caterpillar becomes when it grows up?”
Kavya’s stomach flips. She knows the answer!
Should she say something?
Kavya and her family have just moved
to Bengaluru from her village.
They live at the construction site where her parents work. It’s hard living in a half-finished house. The air smells of smoke, and the honking
traffic makes it hard to sleep. The towering buildings, zooming cars, and busy people make her feel very, very small.
Kavya has been coming to school for a week. She still hasn’t spoken to anyone.
What if they make fun of her accent? Or tease her because she’s never been to school before?
Kavya takes a deep breath and raises her hand. In a noisy city like Bengaluru, she can’t be quiet forever.
“When caterpillars grow up, they become butterflies,” Kavya says. “That’s right!” Laila Miss says.
“Caterpillars are only caterpillars for a few weeks,” Kavya says. “They spend that whole time eating leaves.”
“They must get very big,” says Mary, her classmate. “They do!”
“After they eat and eat and eat, caterpillars weave cocoons on the sides of plants. They go inside, where they grow and change,” says Kavya.
<end of sample – Colourful Butterfly Biology>
Make a Butterfly Rest Station
Butterflies in India migrate twice a year. Their journey is getting harder and harder because our forests and rivers are disappearing. Butterflies don’t have enough places to rest. Many get tired along the way.
One way to help butterflies is to make safe spaces for them to stop and have a good meal.
Here’s how to make a butterfly rest station:
Find a flat vessel with high edges, like a thali or a plate.
Butterflies love bright colours. Paint the vessel
red, yellow, or orange.
Fill the vessel with butterfly food. It’s easy to make!
Mix four cups of water with one cup of sugar.
Add pieces of over-ripe fruit. Butterflies love
bananas, guavas, mangoes, papayas, and
Keep the vessel out on your veranda,
windowsill, or anywhere outside.
Clean and refill the vessel every two to three
To attract even more butterflies, plant flowers that butterflies love.
You can plant verbena, geraniums, dahlias, or sunflowers.
You don’t need a lot of space – you can plant them in pots on
the ground, or keep them on windowsills.
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This is wonderful
Looks like a wonderful book. Would love to read and download this however the download link is not working.
Hi, I am very sorry about the link, I have fixed it it is working now.
Lovely message in such beautiful illustrations.
I love butterfly….I found it interesting to learn about its life cycle.