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In Four Wings and a Prayer, that passion takes flight in quest of the monarch, a species of butterfly suddenly much in the news. In the company of freelance biologist Bill Calvert, ecologist Homero Aridjis, and other scientists and activists, Halpern travels into the highlands of Michoacan, Mexico, to which monarchs born east of the Rocky Mountains migrate each autumn, flying as much as 200 miles a day to get there before the onset of the highland winter. There she ponders the complexities of the monarch's life--after all, she writes, "how did the monarch butterflies from the eastern United States and Canada, millions of them, end up every year in the same unlikely spot, a remote and largely inhospitable fifty acres of oyamelis pine forest?"--and the unfortunate events that have felled monarchs by the untold millions in recent years, including the destruction of habitat and climate change.
Halpern's enthusiasm for Lepidoptera is catching, and her graceful advocacy of the monarch should inspire renewed concern for their well-being in the world. --Gregory McNamee
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Like far too many writers today, Halpern can't seem to keep herself out of the story.
Sue Halpern has written a wonderful, balanced book of one of nature's magnificent, enigmatic phenomenon - the migration of the monarch butterfly.
This is a book for all ages, and will be a standard to invite readers to the mysteries and beauty of nature.
Being a glider pilot has me amazed at what these creatures achive, making this one of my favorite books of all time.Published 4 days ago by David J. Baxter
I enjoyed learning about the monarchs from my beginner's level, but there was too many scientific views stated. There were parts that I just had to skim, too boring. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sarah
This book is a nice account or real events surrounding the monarch butterfly study. Some passages are beautiful and memorable. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Angela S Galindo
While this is an interesting book about the migration of monarch butterflies, it's a little dry for those of us who are just curious. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Rev.
I had read this book for school, and by the first page I knew it was going to be a painful experience. The first fifty pages weren't so bad, after that, everything went downhill. Read morePublished on September 3, 2007 by Book Lover
This wonderful little book has opened my eyes to so much more than I ever expected. I have just returned from Mexico and the Monarchs. Read morePublished on March 21, 2007 by Rosemary T. Clough
I liked this book because of the facts it includes and the connections it makes between science and human feelings. Read morePublished on November 14, 2005 by BugGal
I read a brief review of this book in the NYT Book Review and it sounded exciting and enlightening . . . Read morePublished on September 17, 2004 by sonnetsequence