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Monarch and Milkweed Hardcover – March 4, 2008

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*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

Helen Frost 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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 970L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416900853
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416900856
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this book for my daughters who are teachers. They teach the life cycle of the monarch butterfly and this book is a dream for teaching. The pictures are beautiful and the story is easy to understand.
I even learned things from it.
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This is a gorgeously-illustrated book about the monarch butterfly (my preschooler's favorite of all the butterflies) and is well-researched. It details the delicate monarch's relationship with the milkweed plant, which not only provides a laying spot for the monarch's eggs, but also food for the caterpillars, and protection for the chrysalis. Once the metamorphosis is complete, a butterfly emerges, and flies away, and the milkweed's seeds also take flight, seeking new homes and so the cycle of life begins again. This is an amazing children's book, not just for its beautiful illustrations, but also for its educational value. A definite must-have in school libraries and recommended for home libraries.
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This is simply a lovely book about monarchs and their journey through life. The illustrations are beautiful and children will be enthralled. Its a great book for reading at home and also wonderful for use in the classroom. I give butterfly talks to elementary school classes and use this book in parts of my talk. The kids love it.
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My1st Graders raised Monarchs this Fall. It is such a terrific way to teach the life stages and wonder of nature to little learners! This book excellently discribes the process and is beautifully illustrated! Shipped quickly!
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A delightful book for adults as well as for children . Suitable for gardeners to encourage the right plantings that will attract the monarchs. The illustrations are superb. Any butterfly official ado should like to own this book
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I love this book and would recommend it to children and adults. Very informative, great illustrations and helpful advice to attract butterflies.
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Very informative little book on the connection of the Monarch with a specific host plant (milkweed). Well written with fantastic artwork. Worth having for it easy connection with natural history.
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This is a very nice story and the illustrations are outstanding. It is a perfect addition to our home library about monarch caterpillars and butterflies.
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