Nymphalidae_-_Danaus_plexippus_CaterpillarOne way that kids learn is through comparisons. When you read the latest issue of Zootles with them, see if you can spot any ways that humans are similar to—or different from—the butterflies featured in the book. The words and pictures in Zootles can be a good starting off point—compare the number of legs butterflies and humans have, the different kinds of eyes, the different ways we get around, you name it!
You might bring up the ways that butterflies’ families are different from human families, too. Instead of having just a few kids like humans do, butterflies lay up to 500 eggs. When the eggs hatch, the young caterpillars have to fend for themselves and find their own food. They first eat their own eggshells, and then move on to find leaves to munch. Another big difference between caterpillars and human kids? Newly hatched caterpillars become adult butterflies in a matter of weeks—we’re glad our kids don’t grow up quite so fast!


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