Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
|Painted Lady Butterfly|
For a perfect explanation of how butterflies do this, check out children's book science writer Dorothy Patent's Nonfiction Minute (1/24/2019).
|Painted Lady butterfly eggs are blue and about the size of a grain of salt. The butterflies prefer to lay them on thistle or hollyhock plants.|
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
|Releasing painted lady butterflies with students in Room 6|
|Painted Lady butterfly eggs, magnified. The actual size is about as big as a grain of salt.|
|Butterflies drinking orange juice with their proboscises.|
|Painted Lady butterfly resting near lantana flowers|
|Reading THE TERRIBLE HODAG AND THE ANIMAL CATCHERS. The Hodag has the head of an ox, feet of a bear, back of a dinosaur and tail of an alligator.|
|Incubator with chicken eggs|
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
PreS-Gr 2. Arnold returns to the same classroom she observed in Hatching Chicks in Room 6 (Charlesbridge, 2017). This time she joins Mrs. Best and her kindergarten students as they follow the progress of painted lady butterflies from small blue eggs to adult insects. Photos document the steps required to care for the creatures during their journey from egg to larva to pupa to adult. The intent expressions on the children’s faces reveal their engagement with the process and their delight as they watch the butterflies prepare to fly away. The close-up photos, including the sequence of a butterfly’s emergence from the chrysalis, draw readers into the transformation. The clear, straightforward text is supplemented by facts supplied in small text boxes. A vocabulary list plus suggested books and websites enhance the information. VERDICT. A solid choice for most libraries, particularly those supporting hands-on science learning.
Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State Univ. Lib., Mankato
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
|Author Visit at Pilgrim School, Los Angeles, CA|
|Kathie Shorkey, Science Teacher, with butterfly art projects|
My visit was initiated by science teacher Kathie Shorkey as part of her Earth Week celebration at the school. She showed me an art project she did with the first graders. Using found objects–ranging from sticks, to buttons, to pop-tabs from drink cans–they formed the shape of a butterfly on photo paper and then exposed the paper to the sun. The paper was then developed and the shape of the butterfly was revealed against a background of blue.
|With Carole Koneff, Elementary School Librarian|
I thank Kathie and Elementary School Librarian Carole Koneff for inviting me to Pilgrim and making all the arrangements for my presentation and for the book sale. Carole gets the prize for the most creative author introductions. She does them for all visiting authors and this is the second one she has done for me. I love the way she has included so many of my books--and made the lines rhyme!
CAROLINE ARNOLD--PILGRIM SCHOOL 4/25/19
By Carole Koneff
160 books or more have been researched and written down.
She's traveled far and wide and is often out of town.
Dinosaurs, Global Warming, Butterflies, Chicks,
Rain Forest, Easter Island, Things in Room 6,
Taj Mahal, Desert, Eagle, Warmer World,
Many facts and figures have gradually unfurled.
Skeletal, octopus, shockers, hot, cold,
Words from many titles of books that she has sold.
Wombat, Penguin, Zebra, Kangaroo,
Just a few of the animals she's written about for you.
She's retold a famous folk tale and has a story about worms,
A book about the sniffles that surely features germs.
It's her second trip to Pilgrim and we are glad she's back
To refresh our smarts on nonfiction and keep our brains on track.
Thank you Carole! I also thank the Upper School Librarian Kris Williams for her help with my visit. I had a nice lunch with Carole and Kris before my talks. I had a great day at Pilgrim and enjoyed it very much!