From School Library Journal
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