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"The Luck of the Buttons" by Anne Ylvisaker; Candlewick Press, $15.99.

Nobody expects much out of Tugs Esther Buttons. She comes from a family where no one is expected to do much of anything great. Buttons don't aspire to be athletes or singers or anything outstanding in any way. They are just Buttons.

But then Tugs befriends popular Aggie Millhouse, daughter of the local banker, and wins a camera in the Independence Day raffle. She also stumbles onto a mystery that could end up costing her neighbors bushels of money.

This entertaining, beautifully written book brings to life a memorable heroine and a cast of other colorful characters living in a small Iowa town in 1929.

Other books by this author: "Little Klein" and "Dear Papa."

-- Jean Westmoore



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When is a caterpillar not a caterpillar? When it is a butterfly. Caterpillars turn into butterflies through a process called metamorphosis (met-ah-MOR-fa-sis). There are four stages of a butterfly's metamorphosis.

The first stage is when the adult female butterfly lays her eggs.

The eggs then form a larva, which is the caterpillar. During this stage of metamorphosis, caterpillars have only one job -- eat as much as possible. When caterpillars are fully grown, they stop eating.

Then they spin a cocoon. This is called the pupa stage. The pupa of a butterfly is called a chrysalis. The pupa hangs on a branch or leaf.

Inside the cocoon, the caterpillar completely changes into the adult stage -- a butterfly that breaks out of the cocoon and flies away.

-- Time Book of Why

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