There is a farm in Costa Rica that has the most unusual crop! They grow butterflies and this book Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey tells their story!
It takes the upmost care to begin with a butterfly egg that changes into a caterpillar and then a pupae. There are so many things to consider and many things to watch out for. Their caregivers have to watch out for birds, frogs and snakes. They have to protect the environment from grasshoppers that just want to eat the plants that are needed for their habitat. The growers have lots of tricks and techniques to keep the caterpillars, and later the butterflies, fed.
This wonderful book by Lorre Griffin Burns provides us with many facts and adventures about butterfly life in a greenhouse in Costa Rica. Ellen Harasimowicz provides us with great pictures from everyday life on the farm. This journey begins there with such great care and attention it is amazing to be able to follow along with the details of the butterfly raising process.
Check this one out. It’s a keeper!