Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow: Joyce Sidman

Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow

Author: Joyce Sidman
Illustrator: Beth Krommes
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Year: 2006
Brief Summary: Through beautiful scratchboard illustrations, poems, and informational passages, readers learn about different creatures and plants found on meadows.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Science: discuss the meadow and habitats.  What kinds of animals and plants live in this environment?
  • How does dew form?  Where can you find dewdrops on a meadow?  In your neighborhood?
  • Discuss animals mentioned in the book — parts of grasshopper, what makes a predator/prey, survival strategies, etc.
  • Discuss words in the glossary.  Remind students that we often find glossaries in informational books.
  • Language Arts: discuss poetry?  What are some characteristics of poetry?  Do you see similarities and differences between different poems in the book?  (traditional vs. free verse vs. concrete poems, etc.)
  • Go through the riddles — can students solve them?   Have students write their own riddles about an animal or plant using poetry.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.  Glossary

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library


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