*Starred Review* Frost, whose previous books include novels in verse such as The Braid (2006) and Printz Honor Book Keesha’s House (2003), found inspiration in her own backyard for this picture book, which shows the interconnected life cycles of the monarch butterfly and the milkweed plant. The story begins with the growth of a milkweed shoot and the northward migration of a monarch, which alights on the plant, finds a mate, lays her eggs on the undersides of milkweed leaves, and flies away. Soon an egg hatches and a tiny caterpillar walks, eats, grows, and forms a chrysalis. Then a monarch emerges and flies away. While the butterflies summer in the north, the milkweed’s leaves turn brown and seed pods form. In September, the monarchs wing their way southward toward Mexico, and the following spring, the cycle begins again. From the endpapers, with their lovely maps showing monarch-butterfly migration routes, to the author’s note commenting on monarch migration and the importance of the host plant, every aspect of this pleasing book contributes to the whole. With a fine sense of form and use of texture, Gore creates a dappled, organic look in the acrylic-and-pastel illustrations, which suit Frost’s spare, poetic story well. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan
About the Author
won a Michael L. Printz Honor for her novel Keesha's House.
She is also the critically acclaimed author of The Braid, Spinning Through the Universe,
and Diamond Willow.
She has delighted in watching monarchs for decades, and now lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where her yard is a certified Monarch Waystation. To learn more about her go to www.helenfrost.net.
Leonid Gore moved to the US from his native Belarus in 1991. He has illustrated many beloved books for children and is also the author and illustrator of Danny’s First Snow
. Mr. Gore lives in Oakland, New Jersey. Visit him online at LeonidGore.com.