Handle with Care is a terrific non-fiction book about a butterflies journey not only through metamorphosis, but through life as a museum insect. The reader's interest is peaked from the first page where they see a foil wrapped box that has arrived at a museum. What is in this box? One learns about the many pupa inside. From the Costa Rican El Bosque Nuevo butterfly farm one can see the process a butterfly goes through to be ready for shipment to museums. This story uses illustrations, maps, charts, definitions, and most of all, terrific crisp photographs by Ellen Harasimowcz.
To teach about metamorphosis, this story can be paired with one of the many butterfly stories on the market. Burns uses proper terminology to introduce the reader to the steps of the butterfly life cycle. This book has many awards some include, ALA Notable Children's Book, NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K - 12, and was a Junior Library Guild Selection.