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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 390L (What's this?)
  • Series: Sunburst Book
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374427860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374427863
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 6.4 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

"I don't know much, but I know what I know. I gotta go! I gotta go! I gotta go to Mexico!" chants a black-and-yellow-striped "creepy-crawly bug" as she proceeds slowly across a meadow. When an ant or grasshopper asks her destination, she restates the imperative and "creepy-crawl[s] away just as fast as she [can] go." All this hurrying wearies her, and after a "long and hard and very strange" nap in a cocoon, she awakens to discover orange-and-black wings on her back. Refreshed, she takes flight and reaches Mexico, where she meets other migrating Monarch butterflies. Swope (The Krazees) suggests the urgency of the caterpillar's mission by treating it as a kind of hard-wired biological destiny; repeated key phrases and the butterfly's simplified life cycle underscore its sense of a natural fate. At the conclusion, the tale comes full circle with the hatching of another creepy-crawly bug. Debut children's book artist Riddle complements the lucid narration with charming ink-and-watercolor miniatures. Her closeups of the metamorphosing heroine give way to aerial views of farm and canyon as the Monarch flies southward; a deft use of white space creates a sense of loneliness for the solo bug, culminating in a graceful dance of butterfly couples in a penultimate spread. The clarity of the storytelling and artwork match the heroine's determination. Ages 3-7. (Mar.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-This is the tale of a "creepy-crawly bug" (Monarch caterpillar), who says "I don't know much, but I know what I know. I gotta go! I gotta go! I gotta go to Mexico!" On her long trek, she meets a grasshopper and an ant, takes a "nice long rest" (metamorphosis), and finally reaches the hibernation grove in Mexico. She wakens in spring to "dance" with another creepy-crawly bug before heading north again to lay her eggs-"-the reason for everything." An author's note and the jacket blurb provide some factual fodder for parents and teachers. Small, full-color illustrations accompany the text. They are attractive, but unremarkable. For a supremely better introduction to the miraculous world of butterfly metamorphosis, try Deborah Heiligman's From Caterpillar to Butterfly (HarperCollins, 1996) or Mary Ling's Butterfly (DK, 1992); for Monarchs in particular use Gail Gibbons's Monarch Butterfly (Holiday, 1989); and for the mysteries of migration, April Pulley Sayre's poetic Home at Last: A Song of Migration (Holt, 1998) is a gem.
Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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My preschoolers love the rhythm and text!
M. Baker
The complete life cycle of the butterfly is wonderfully presented and easy to recall.
Viv
I bought this book for my niece and she loves it.
Gary LaTour

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My 3 1/2 year old daughter and I simply love this book! She asks me to read it to her almost every day, which pleases me immensely (especially since the previous favorite was Snow White!). She is fascinated by the transformation of a bug/caterpillar into a butterfly, and by the cyclical nature of the book. She likes to flip from the last page to the first to point out that they are the same. "It's starting all over again!" she says. I actually got choked up when I first read the line which appears immediately after the butterfly has laid her first eggs: "It was the reason for everything." This is for me the central message of the book and what really speaks to me-- that despite everything and against all odds, life does go inexplicably on. It is such a positive message. I hope that many readers will get to expereince the wonder and power of this seemingly simple, beautiful little book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Thea M. Ryan on July 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Gotta' Go, Gotta' Go is a wonderful book about a monarch caterpillar and his lifelong "journey." I am a nature center director and we use this book to teach about the magnificent monarch migration. The book is entertaining, fun to read out loud, and best of all, factual.
Eric Carle's book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is a cute book, but he did us all a disservice when he wrote that butterflies come out of cocoons. Butterflies hatch out of chrysalis, moths hatch out of cocoons. This book by Sam Swope has the correct information.
You'll love it, your kids will love it, and your kid's science teachers will love it when your child already knows one of the major differences between butterflies and moths.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is wonderful! The illustrations are superb and the book simply draws in the young listener. The book is suitable for ages 4 and up, and is the best book for young nature lovers that explains simply the lifecycle of the caterpillar. This book easily compares to the Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, but is much more suitable for the pre-school and early elementary age child. It is better than books describing the Monarch butterfly, as the illustrations are just incredible. A must buy for the nature lover in all kids! Gotta Get! Gotta Get!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
When I got this book for my children, they were very excited. I have 2 children and the youngest is only 3. I had to read it to them 3 times in a row before they would let me put it down. My youngest would go around the house saying Gotta Go! Gotta Go to Mexico. This has lasted for weeks now and has him very interested in reading. This in itself makes this a 5 star book for me. But it was so simple that both of my children understood and love it. I hope to find more books like this in the future. Thanks for helping my son get a jumpstart in enjoyable reading.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am a kindergartener from Morgan Hill, CA. My uncle, who lives in New York City, gave me the book and I loved it so much I brought it to school for Reading Day. He's helping (making) me write this. So far it has been our all-time favorite book of the year, all the kids in my class can't wait to take it home to read it to their brothers and sisters and their parents and grandparents. My teacher loved it so much that she has ordered several copies for our school library. I'd like to give Gotta Go! Gotta Go! 100 stars but for some reason that wasn't a choice. My parents took me to see the Monarch butterflies near the beach and they were dancing in the sky just like in the book. It was very exciting.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bensmomma on January 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a simple and charming story of a caterpiller with an urge to travel to Mexico. Her neighboring animals tease her (it's too far), but she recedes into her cocoon, emerging as a beautiful monarch butterfly, and proves them all wrong by flying south.
The story has a winsome sing-song refrain ("I gotta go, I gotta go, I gotta go to Mexico!") that children will love, and simple engaging line drawings. I'm impressed that the basic science in the story is accurately presented - the stages of the butterfly's life, its migration, its mating (gingerly and sweetly handled as a "dance" between butterflies) and its eventual return home.
My daughter loved this so much we donated a copy to her pre-school, where they watch monarch butterflies hatch in a terrarium every year. A big hit with the 3-to-5-crowd!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Gotta Go! Gotta Go! is both entirely delightful and wholesomely informative. Not only does it tell of wonderful, mysterious destiny and miraculous transformation, it also introduces the young reader to the idea of a larger world full of excitement and challenge. Adults may be aware of the gentle, ecologically aware voice in the work through introduction of the main charactar and her pursuit while younger readers will repeat Gotta Go! Gotta Go! when asked "What book?". The illustrations are colorful and deft, the prose elegant and simple. Gotta Go! Gotta Go! is another coupe, and like his book the Araboolies of Liberty Street, gives lesson while it delights. Buy this one, it's a winner!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gary LaTour on November 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my niece and she loves it. I've since bought it and Mr. Swope's other books, The Crazees and The Araboolies of Liberty Street, as gifts for all the young people in my life. Mr. Swope's books educate in a wonderfully playful way and the illustrations really help bring his words to life. My niece and I can't wait for the next one!
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