Monday, April 7, 2008

Monarch and Milkweed

Frost, Helen. 2008. Monarch and Milkweed. Ill. by Leonid Gore. New York: Atheneum

Monarch and Milkweed chronicles the relationship between the migratory Monarch butterfly and the milkweed plant. Although it is a non-fiction book, it reads as smoothly as fiction, "Milkweed stretches taller. Two by two, its leaves spread wide, sheltering long-legged spiders, black and orange beetles. Monarch lights on Milkweed, drums her feet on Milkweed's flower, and tastes home." The prose is gentle and inviting - a perfect introduction to this commonplace, yet remarkably harmonious pair. An Author's Note offers more detailed information and websites to explore. The front and end pieces depict the north and south migratory patterns. A perfect book for teachers.

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