Reviewed by Lori Cirucci
This step–by–step guide for kids is a fascinating book. As children can attest, the monarch butterfly is the most recognizable butterfly in North America! Geared for elementary children, the book guides the reader through the process of raising monarch butterflies by describing the basic anatomy of the monarch, how and where to look for monarch caterpillars, what materials to bring with them when they capture these caterpillars in the wild, and what to have at home to care for these butterflies. In addition, this book covers topics such as how to care for and feed the caterpillars. The chrysalis, the resulting monarch, and how to release these beautiful creatures in the wild are also topics covered in this beautifully illustrated how–to book.
Did you know that in the fall, the monarchs fly southward thousands of miles towards Mexico and California and cluster together in groups that may number more than 50 million? The following spring, the cycle begins again with the monarchs driven north to find milkweed. Current threats to the monarch are explained as well as how readers can help save the world for butterflies. As the author states, "When you bring home an egg or a caterpillar, you might actually be rescuing it.” Included in this wonderful guide is how to create a butterfly garden as well as how to learn more about monarchs through websites. A glossary and index are included in this book that would be a wonderful addition to any teacher's classroom library. It is truly a delightful book!
Review posted on 6/13/2012