Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow

We tumble

       we twitter

  we dip 


             and flitter . . .

What's in a meadow? Lots of things you may have noticed (a bright monarch, a leaping grasshopper, a cheerful goldfinch), and some things you probably haven't (a nest of rabbits, a quick fox, a foamy spittlebug). Beginning with the rising sun and ending with twilight, stroll through a meadow full of secrets, challenging yourself with poetry riddles and adding to your store of science wisdom.

Reader's Guide 

Awards and Honors

Henry Bergh Children's Book Award

2006 Cybils Award for Poetry

ALA Notable Book

Kirkus 2006 Editor's Choice

New York Public Library's "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing"

NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book

Librarians' Choices 2006


*Kirkus (starred review) 

"Combining striking illustrations, evocative poems that do double duty as riddles and lucid prose commentary, this venture into the natural world stands out for both its beauty and its unusual approach . . . A top-drawer blend of art and science."


*Horn Book (starred review)

"The verse is vivid, melodious, and rich in variety . . . An elegantly conceived, beautifully integrated volume."


*School Library Journal (starred review)

"This book is a handsome and versatile compendium, melding art, poetry, and natural history.

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