Puriri Lane | Waiting For Wings | Lois Ehlert
Waiting For Wings | Lois Ehlert

Waiting For Wings | Lois Ehlert

Regular price $49.00 Save $-49.00

Every spring, butterflies emerge and dazzle the world with their vibrant beauty. But where do butterflies come from? How are they born? What do they eat--and how?

With a simple, rhyming text and glorious color-drenched collage, Lois Ehlert provides clear answers to these and other questions as she follows the life cycle of four common butterflies, from their beginnings as tiny hidden eggs and hungry caterpillars to their transformation into full-grown butterflies.

Complete with butterfly and flower facts and identification tips, as well as a guide to planting a butterfly garden, this butterfly book is like no other.

The stages of butterfly chrysalis development are pictured on pages that vary in size from 7 x 6” to 121/4x 101/2”. A universal nature story begins on the inside cover of this unique book. Each double-page spread reveals a new stage of the cycle. The text, which begins only after the first several pages, is rhymed and spare, offering what can’t be shown visually: “Out in the fields, eggs are hidden from view / clinging to leaves with butterfly glue.” Children watch as a chrysalis becomes the colorful insect they might see in fields, parks, or backyard gardens, or while visiting butterfly exhibits in public museums or conservatories.

Ehlert’s visual abstractions show children the cycle of change, while retaining the wonder. Her design underscores the miracle and drama of creation. Vibrant colors and bold shapes mark the graphic art of her painted collage assemblages. Amidst the natural suspense and visual glory is solid information, such as how butterflies get nourishment by unrolling their tongues.

Such a book offers more than anyone can see from personal observation and enhances our ability to look at nature. In the five final pages of this strikingly beautiful volume, readers will discover identification information and directions for growing a butterfly garden.

Artist Lois Ehlert is known in many nations for designing new ways to use page spaces and colors in her highly visual books about the natural world. Waiting for Wings is no exception to the high standard she’s established.


 Hardback | 38 pages

 254 x 305 x 10.16mm

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Smaller items such as books, stationery and other items can be sent for a lesser rate which you will see at checkout - From $6

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