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Mr. McGinty's Monarchs Hardcover – February 1, 2016
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Mr. McGinty and his dog, Sophie, perform a heroic monarch rescue. When the monarch caterpillars' host plants on the roadside are cut down, Mr. McGinty gathers the tiny creatures, houses them properly in aquariums, and shares them with schoolchildren who nurture them until they grow into butterflies and can fly away. This simple storyline serves as an introduction to the monarch life cycle for very young readers and listeners. Beginning with endpapers showing the monarch life cycle, a variety of other butterflies, a few children's drawings, and an artfully placed ticket to a zoo butterfly pavilion, cheerful and detailed illustrations (probably watercolor and ink) enliven the story and add important information. One page shows the well-equipped aquarium (the word "terrarium" is never used). On another, a series of vignettes demonstrates a monarch's journey from tiny caterpillar to chrysalis to the still-weak, just-emerged butterfly, providing a climactic moment. This is followed by two celebratory scenes: Mr. McGinty, Sophie, the children, and their teachers go to a park to release their now-strong butterflies and a double-page spread is filled with monarchs flying away. Finally, two pages of backmatter clearly and simply explain the relationship between monarchs and their milkweed host plants and the monarch migration. Even this text is aimed at young readers. An appealing and appropriate addition to the nature shelf in the preschool and early elementary grades. (Informational picture book. 4-7) --Kirkus Reviews
"[...]The story line reads like a novel instead of a picture book, and artist Eileen Ryan Ewen s eye-popping illustrations are the icing on the butterfly-kingdom cake. There are lovely close-ups of Mr. McGinty s kind, aging face; moving scenes of Sophie sniffing the ground where the milkweed plants once stood; and detailed illustrations of Mr. McGinty working diligently with his butterflies as Sophie sleeps at his feet.
This book should be great for science class, science labs, show-and-tell, citizenship, environmental studies, ecosystem studies, and...well, you name it and this book should cover it." - Picture Book Depot
"In this wonderful book we meet a man who has a love for nature. In particular he admires monarch butterflies, a species of butterfly that has an interesting and very unique story. Children will see how one person, with a little help, can make a big difference, and how rewarding it is to take on the job of being a steward of nature.
At the back of the book readers will find more information about monarch butterflies, and they will learn what we all can do to save these beautiful insects." - Through the Looking Glass Children's Reviews
"[...]Charming, informative, and delightful in every way, this selection (and don t miss the two back pages with loads of fascinating information) is bound to keep kids interested and educated about monarchs, milkweed, and how to protect them both." - Books to Borrow, Books to Buy --Editorial Reviews
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The summer moved along, but Mr. McGinty never forgot the monarchs as they worked their way through their life cycle. It didn’t take him long to change from his striped pajamas into his pants with those suspenders. It was time to check up on the monarch caterpillars and, of course, the milkweed. Mr. McGinty was startled to see a red rotary cutter passing by. Whir, whir, whir! The milkweed stems lay flush to the ground as “monarch caterpillars clung to the drying milkweed.” The monarchs’ food and shelter source had been destroyed! What was going to happen to them now?
Mr. McGinty had an idea and hurried home to gather up supplies in his workshop. Out came the wagon, out came the mason jars, and out the door he went with Sophie close behind. He quickly headed off to the mown field and “carefully picked up each monarch caterpillar.” Into the jars went the larvae, but not everyone was interested in those “little wigglers.” “Lot of fuss over some fancy worms,” one woman cracked at him. There was no time to pay attention to the naysayers for there was work to be done. Would these monarchs sip the nectar from those roses or spread their beautiful wings around the village again? Just how could Mr. McGinty save them for everyone to enjoy once again?
This is a beautiful tale about Mr. McGinty’s beloved monarch butterflies that will delight its young audience. A picture book format is a perfect one for the youngest readers to begin to learn about the life cycle of the monarch and, of course, the importance of protecting its environment. Mr. McGinty and his companion Sophie are very appealing characters who let the reader know all about the life cycle of the beautiful monarch. The artwork makes the book come alive with it’s beautifully rendered scenes. My favorite, which is a sure-to-please one for all ages, is a two-page spread of monarch butterflies as they fly over Mr. McGinty’s village. In the back of the book are sections on “Monarchs and Milkweed” and “A Monarch’s Migration.” A marvelous book that would be a great addition to homeschool and classroom shelves.
This book courtesy of the publisher.
Author Vander Heyden succeeded in the most difficult of tasks for picture book writers- creating an "old guy" to carry the story on his shoulders while kids play a very minor role. She also blends action with nonfiction, richly enhanced by the illustrator's detail and colorfully appealing spreads, including the endpapers.
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The illustrations by Eileen Ryan Ewen are perfect. She gives the characters of Mr. McGinty, the teachers and students personality. The illustrations to explain the life cycle of the butterfly are beautifully done and informative.
Written by Linda Vander Heyden and illustrated by Eileen Ryan Ewen and published by Sleeping Bear Press.
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