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Posted September 10, 2013
"A Butterfly Called Hope"
First I have to say that I am in total awe of these three ladies.... Mary Alice Monroe can pull you into a story like nobody else ! To me, she is the ultimate storyteller! (the adult version of this book is called "The Butterfly's Daughter", great story!!!) Barbara Bergwerf is an amazing wildlife photographer (her pictures of sea turtles in "Turtle Summer" are wonderful!) and in this book she captures all the different stages of the caterpillar to butterfly beautifully. The pictures she took of the Monarch emerging from Chrysalis are outstanding!! Linda Love opens up the world of butterflies to children and adults alike , her love of these magnificent creatures really shines through. I have seen pictures of the children that Linda has visited in schools with looks of joy and wonder in their eyes ! We need more Linda Love's in this world!
I loved this book, it has such a sweet story for the little ones and gorgeous pictures! In the back of the book there is a section for children and adults alike, teaching us about the Monarch's migration, caring for and raising caterpillars and butterflies and the whole cycle of a Monarch's life! Very well written and documented.
I truly believe this will be a book that the kids will want to read again and again…. and that's no frass!!! (lol my new favorite word)
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Posted December 19, 2013
“A Butterfly Called Hope” is an absolutely delightful and beautiful book about a little girl that discovers the caterpillar in her flower garden that become a Monarch butterfly. She learns about how a caterpillar eats milkweed, and she watches as the caterpillar encases itself in a chrysalis and then is transformed into a beautiful Monarch butterfly.
She wishes to keep the lovely butterfly captive where she can watch it, but her mother convinces her that the butterfly needs to fly free. So she releases the butterfly and names it.
This lovely book is also educational, and not just because the mother daughter exchange teaches, but because in the back of the book there are pages that cover the Monarch Life Cycle Sequencing, a Butterfly Vocabulary Matching Activity, a Monarch Generations and Migrations fact page, and some information on Raising Monarchs.
The author, Mary Alice Monroe, has written a really good book that entertains and educates at the same time. The photography of Barbara J. Bergwerf is outstanding. This is a book to highly recommend to parents, schools, and libraries.
DISCLOSURE: We received a complimentary copy of A Butterfly Called Hope from Sylvan Dell Publishing in exchange for our honest review. No compensation was received for this review.
Posted October 22, 2013
good book about gorgeous creatures
Do you know what a “chrysalis” is? Hope is a young girl whose mother’s garden has many butterflies. Hope calls them “flying flowers.” One day, Hope finds a bright yellow and black worm-like bug on a green milkweed leaf. She puts it in a glass jar and feeds it plenty of fresh milkweed leaves from the garden every day. A few days later, the caterpillar is missing. In its place is a jade green chrysalis. Where did it go? And what will happen to it?
This photographic journey by New York Times best-selling author Mary Alice Monroe about a young girl and her mother caring for a caterpillar fits perfectly into science lessons either in the classroom or at home. In the back are four pages “For Creative Minds” with activities of Monarch Life Cycle Sequencing and Butterfly Vocabulary Matching, and further information Monarch Generations and Migrations and Raising Monarchs. In addition, a 15-30 page teaching activities guide is available at the publisher’s website. Butterflies are gorgeous creatures, and kids will enjoy learning about them in this book.
Posted September 11, 2013
This book is all I "Hoped" it would be. It's beautifully written, the pictures are so inviting and it's a wonderful way
to share the miracle of the butterfly with children. I can see reading this book for generations to come.
Thank you Mary Alice Monroe for once again sharing your extraordinary talent in the books you create.
As a gifted storyteller, New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe beautifully parallels human relationships with nature.
Now, "Monroe's Monarch," better-known as A Butterfly Called Hope, arrives, as the monarch butterfly population is declining,
to entrance, educate and capture future conservationists.
Once this little book becomes part of your home or classroom collection, you will also want to be on the lookout for milkweed
and caterpillars to house and watch your own monarch arrive from its chrysalis, and Monroe tells you how.
Just as she beautifully writes, while also teaching in her adult novel The Butterfly's Daughter, Monroe emerges with the
same inner spirit and passion in her latest children's book, A Butterfly Called Hope from Sylvan Dell Publishing.
Teaming with award-winning photographer Barbara Bergwerf and co-author Linda Love, Monroe's second children's book
displays the miracle of transformation in a book that can be shared with children and adults alike--milkweed required!
From actively raising her own monarch butterflies, researching and following them to their wintering sanctuaries in the mountains
of Mexico, Monroe shares additional, educational details "for the creative minds" in the back of the book for more in-depth study.
Even vocabulary words from the life cycle are included.
My adult reading student, Ralph, "Reading with Ralph--A Journey in Christian Compassion," learned all about the loggerhead
sea turtle in Monroe's first children's book, Turtle Summer. I know A Butterfly Called Hope will also provide shared lessons
on the monarch to read, enjoy and to treasure.