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Review: One Hundred Butterflies

October 31, 2009

One Hundred Butterflies

If there is a nature lover on your holiday shopping list, One Hundred Butterflies by Harold Feinstein would make a marvelous gift for them.  This book is approximately 11  inches by 13 inches and contains one hundred color photographs of gorgeous butterflies.  The photographs are large, so there’s usually just one on each page.  They are printed on high quality paper and show each butterfly spread out on a black background, much like the cover.  Even the endpapers of this book are beautiful.  The butterflies and moths in these photos are just spectacular, but I was disappointed to see that none of the most beautiful ones are found in North America.  Now I want to go to Central America and Asia to see some of my favorites in their natural habitats.

There is little text in this book, but there are some beautiful quotes and a little bit of information about butterflies interspersed between the photographs.  I learned that we really don’t know what the butterfly’s antennae is for, except to “serve as ears.”  A female butterfly usually lays 200 to 300 eggs – in nature only a few will live to fly, but at a butterfly farm, most of them will.

I really enjoyed looking through this book and I’m sure I will pick it up again and again to enjoy the beauty of these insects.

Review copy provided by Hachette Books.   I am an Amazon Associate.
27 Comments leave one →
  1. October 31, 2009 7:06 am

    I love big books with big colorful pictures! We also love butterflies in our family. We have raised them and released them, and they are everywhere in our yard. This is a good idea for Christmas!

  2. October 31, 2009 8:00 am

    I too love big books with colorful pictures; I can spend hours looking through them. Great Christmas idea, along with the Angels book!

    And Happy Halloween!!!

  3. October 31, 2009 8:44 am

    I enjoy books like this!

  4. October 31, 2009 8:53 am

    I love this book!!! I think my sister or Booking Daughter would absolutely love it!

  5. October 31, 2009 9:07 am

    This does sound like a lovely gift selection.

  6. October 31, 2009 10:14 am

    I didn’t know there were such things as “butterfly farms” – but that’s definitely the kind of farm I want! Sounds like a wonderful book.

  7. October 31, 2009 10:41 am

    Sounds beautiful! And you’re right, it’ would likely make the perfect gift.

  8. October 31, 2009 11:05 am

    Ooh, beautiful book! I would absolutely love this one. I’m a sucker for lovely photographs.

  9. October 31, 2009 11:29 am

    I can spend hours with this type of book. I agree that it would make a great gift – for me.

  10. October 31, 2009 12:36 pm

    This sounds like a beautiful book! I know my boys love looking at butterflies (and so do I). 🙂

  11. stacybuckeye permalink
    October 31, 2009 12:38 pm

    I love butterflies. I’ve visited quite a few butterfly preserves and could spend whole days in there! Thanks for the recommendation.

  12. October 31, 2009 1:01 pm

    Just another echo here: this book sounds beautiful and tactile (print isn’t finished yet!); would make an excellent gift. Thanks for the recommendation!

  13. October 31, 2009 3:53 pm

    Oh, my mother would like this book… Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  14. October 31, 2009 5:45 pm

    I bet it is a beautiful book. I would love the large pictures. Thank you for a very nice review. I enjoyed reading it.

  15. October 31, 2009 6:29 pm

    I love butterflies. When we climbed the Sun Pyramid in Mexico City, we were rewarded not only by the incredible view but also by dozens and dozens of large, swooping butterflies. Thank you for presenting this book. I know many butterfly lovers, myself included, who would greatly enjoy this book.

  16. October 31, 2009 6:35 pm

    This sounds like a gorgeous book.

  17. October 31, 2009 8:45 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful coffee table book and gift idea. I love butterflies and are amazed at their beauty.

  18. October 31, 2009 9:18 pm

    My little niece would LOVE this! She adores butterflies and bugs and it’s something I want to encourage. She spends hours outside with a little net and magnifying glass. I may get it for her for Christmas.

  19. October 31, 2009 11:26 pm

    This looks like a great nature book. Thank you for the review.

  20. November 1, 2009 6:30 pm

    I love butterflies. My son and I visited a butterfly house and stayed for over an hour. The photos sound gorgeous!!

  21. November 1, 2009 10:46 pm

    That is such a gorgeous-looking book! I love books like this. And can you tell me- what are butterflies farmed for??

  22. November 2, 2009 12:03 am

    I love butterflies! This book sounds gorgeous.

  23. November 2, 2009 1:27 am

    I know I’d love this one. It sounds like a must have. I think these books make awesome gifts. Even a gift to me! 🙂

  24. November 2, 2009 9:01 am

    Although I’m a little scared of butterflies I LOVE looking at them in pictures. I’m sure this book would make a wonderful gift.

  25. November 2, 2009 4:15 pm

    I am a butterfly nut, so this book looks very enticing to me. On a recent vacation, we got to go see a butterfly hatchery and got some great pictures, some of which I will frame and put up in the house. I am glad that you liked the book, and will definitely be putting it on my wish list. Thanks!

  26. November 3, 2009 9:36 am

    This sounds like a great gift for nature lovers and a good one for the coffee table.

  27. November 4, 2009 9:44 pm

    This would be perfect for my sister. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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