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Fly, Monarch! Fly! Hardcover – April 1, 2008

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Kindergarten-Grade 3—It is a late-summer day, and the Rabbit family, dressed in long sleeves and hats, are off to the Butterfly Place. There, Bert the butterfly expert guides them through the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. There's plenty of easy-to-digest information here, with scientific vocabulary such as "molting" and "chrysalis" carefully explained. The family outing is a nicely done science lesson, filled with facts and extras at the end of the book. There's even a craft included. The cut-paper illustrations are technically quite well done, but a few inconsistencies are jarring. The family's clothing does not fit the season, and on one page showing the "beautiful green jewel" of a chrysalis, the pupa is quite blue. The simple and bright images are likely to appeal to a younger crowd than the text indicates. That said, the book still contains plenty of accessible information that may be useful for collections needing more butterfly materials.—Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada
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One summer day, Mom, Dad, Minna, and Minna’s little brother, Pip, bicycle over to an outdoor nature center called Butterfly Place (Where Monarchs Reign). Their guide, Bert, aka Butterfly Man (which is a little strange, since all the characters are dressed as bunnies), guides them through excellent exhibits showing butterfly development: egg laying, hatching, the caterpillar stage, eating, skin shedding, the pupa or chrysalis stage, the emergence of a monarch, and nectar drinking. The book’s cheerful presentation conveys a good deal of information in a playful, easy-to-absorb fashion as children vicariously explore the hands-on exhibits along with Minna and Pip. Instructive signs carry additional facts for those intrigued by the subject. In making the collage illustrations, Wallace used markers and acrylic paints as well as brightly colored, cut papers to good effect. The closing pages offer instructions for a craft project, tips for a butterfly garden, and some additional facts and sources concerning monarchs. A creative addition to kindergarten and primary-grade butterfly units. Grades K-2. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1st - 3rd
  • Lexile Measure: AD550L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076145425X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761454250
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Definitely for older kids like 7 and up. Didn't hold my 5 year old granddaughters attention. A little too technical. If your kids like a lot of facts, it is a good book for them. The print is small and a little hard to read. Very informative about the whole butterfly story.
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This book was not as colorful as I had hoped. It would have been nice to see real pictures of monarch butterflies. It seemed a little too detailed and mundane, and the children got bored very quickly with it.
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My husband makes "bug condos" out of recycled wood, etc. Our daughter grew up raising monarch butterflies in these bug condos. This book is well-written and perfect for kids. We have given away LOTS of the condos along with this book. Once a teacher, always a teacher! Great book!
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This book is ostensibly the story of Minna, her little brother Pip, and their parents going on an outing to "Butterfly Place". However, the real purpose is to present information about butterflies. The latter task it does quite well and thoroughly, but at the cost of the story, which seems, at best, contrived.

Upon arriving at Butterfly Place (Where Monarchs Reign), we meet Bert, who will serve as the family's (and our) guide to everything you ever wanted to know about butterflies, starting with eggs. We then proceed to learn about the caterpillar (otherwise known as larva), chrysalis (pupa) and adult (butterfly) stages of the Monarch Butterfly life cycle. Along the way we learn terms and concepts such as "molting", "spinneret", "metamorphosis", "proboscis" and "migration". There is quite a bit of information on each page, including text boxes and "signs" in Butterfly Place with additional information, as well as corny jokes and tongue twisters.

All-in-all, it is quite an undertaking to get through this book with a young child. I read this with my six- and four-year-old daughters. My six-year-old had done an intensive butterfly unit/project back in preschool, which she still remembers, so she was somewhat more interested in the book, but she also already knew most of the information in it. My younger daughter was only mildly and intermittently interested. The story doesn't do much to hold youngsters' attention, as Minna and Pip rather lack personality. I do appreciate the attempts to liven up the book, such as Minna putting on a caterpillar suit, and Pip being a "Pipa" by putting his head in a signboard showing a chrysalis

The art appears to have been made by cutting and layering paper, some textured, some smooth.
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This is well written for young kids to understand. It is all about the different stages a monarch gows through egg to Monarch, and it is a form of a story of a family that goes on a picnic and then to a place called "Butterfly Place; Where Monarchs Reign". It is very cute. It also has a recipe to make "Butterfly Sandwiches", tells you how to make a "Minna's Monarch Magnet", and what you need to plant your own butterfly garden.
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Interesting little story around the life cycle of the beautiful monarch butterfly. Simple to understand for little children and helps them in their search for knowledge about creatures living around them that they would see outdoors.
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By Cjo on December 11, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I really like the style of artwork in this book. It is unique and inviting. Kids will enjoy the story of the rabbits and butterflies.

If you're interested in stories about rabbits, please also check out an Amazon Best Seller, The Bunny Rabbit In The Flower Garden
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Format: Hardcover
It was a nice summer day and Mom and Dad decided that it would be a beautiful day to take their two little bunnies, Minna and Pip, to the Butterfly Place. They were all excited because visiting monarch butterflies was a lot of fun. They all hopped on their bicycles and soon were there where Bert, the Butterfly Man, was happy to greet them. He suggested that they might want to go hunting for eggs in the Milkweed Meadow. They each had to take a magnifying glass because he told them that monarch eggs weren't "much bigger than the head of a pin." Now this was going to be a very interesting day trip!

They went looking for tiny eggs on the underside of milkweed leaves. Each one of them looked like a "teeny igloo." Minna, who read a butterfly book, knew that monarchs lay more than four hundred eggs. They were all very interested when Bert told them all about the metamorphosis of the monarch from the egg to the larva to the pupa to the adult. Pip and Dad kidded around when Pip said he was a caterpillar and Dad said, "I'm a bird who wants to eat you up." When Minna found a real caterpillar, she was very excited when Bert told her all about it. When they put costumes on to show how the caterpillar molted it was even more fun. The Butterfly Place was a great place to learn about Monarchs!

This is a lively, colorful book about monarchs that is far from stuffy or dry. The storybook format makes it easy, fun and interesting to absorb a few facts about the monarch butterfly and by default, entomology. The collage, done primarily using origami paper, is bright and appealing. In the front of the book is a tasty looking recipe for "Butterfly Sandwiches." Throughout the book are interesting signs or sidebars with informative material.
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