Face to Face with Caterpillars by Darlyne Murawski


Face to Face with Caterpillars by Darlyne Murawski

When Darlyne Murawski first came face to face with a spiny, transparent caterpillar in Costa Rica, she accidentally brushed its spines with the back of her hand and was injected with a stinging chemical. She didn't stop screaming for 20 minutes. But that didn't stop her from getting her picture. Or from going back for more. In Eye to Eye with Caterpillars , Darlyne introduces readers to the magnificent world of caterpillars (to date, 17,000 species of butterflies and 145,000 species of moths world-wide). 'To eat but not be eaten is the name of the game'. Most caterpillars eat leaves, but some carnivores prefer bugs - and can catch them in surprising ways. Caterpillars are low on the food chain, which means many of them have managed to develop the most incredible defenses. Some look just like poisonous snakes. Some, called leaf rollers, make themselves hiding places in leaves they stitch together with silk. Others rely on camouflage - there are twig look-alikes, leaf mimics, flower mimics, and more. Some even spit acid into the eyes of their predators. Darlyne's caterpillar stories and fun facts are enthralling. Her pictures are stunning in their range of color and composition and incredible variety. Through fun sidebars, she also offers concrete tips on how to spot caterpillars.

About the Author

Susan Jeffers is the highly acclaimed artist of many well-known picture books, including THE NUTCRACKER andt he New York Times bestseller BROTHER EAGLE, SISTER SKY. She received a Caldecott Honor for THREE JOVIAL HUNTSMEN and has illustrated other distinguished picture books including four fairy tales by Amy Ehrlich: CINDERELLA, THE SNOW QUEEN, THE WILD SWANS, and THUMBELINA, which were all ABA Pick of the lists; Longfellow's HIAWATHA, an SLJ Best Book of the Year; Robert Frost's STOPPING BY THE WOODS ON A SNOWY EVENING; and THE MIDNIGHT FARM by Reeve Lindbergh, a Booklist Editor's Choice. She has collaborated with Rosemary Wells on the ever-popular McDuff books as well as LASSIE COME HOME, WAITING FOR THE EVENING STAR, and FOREST OF MY DREAMS.

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32 pages


Darlyne Murawski
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Publication date

15th June 2009



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