Gotta Go! Gotta Go!

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"I don't know much, but I know what I know. I gotta go! I gotta go! I gotta go to Mexico!" The creepy-crawly bug doesn't know why she does what she does. She only knows she has to do it. But making the journey seems impossible for the slow-moving critter, who has no idea what or where Mexico is. Then an everyday miracle occurs, bringing a transformation that will help her fulfill her destiny. Each autumn, millions of ...
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Overview

An incredible journey

"I don't know much, but I know what I know. I gotta go! I gotta go! I gotta go to Mexico!" The creepy-crawly bug doesn't know why she does what she does. She only knows she has to do it. But making the journey seems impossible for the slow-moving critter, who has no idea what or where Mexico is. Then an everyday miracle occurs, bringing a transformation that will help her fulfill her destiny. Each autumn, millions of Monarch butterflies migrate from the central and eastern United States and Canada to colonies in the mountains of Mexico, where they mate before flying north in the spring to lay their eggs. In simple, jaunty text and pictures, Sam Swope and Sue Riddle celebrate the amazing story of one of these intrepid bugs.

Although she does not know why or how, a small creepy-crawly bug is certain that she must make her way to Mexico.

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Sesame Street Parents
"I Gotta Go!I Gotta Go!to Mexico!"says a small creepy-crawler. She doesn't know where Mexico is. But she has an overwhelming urge to get there. She crawls and eats until she can't move another inch, falls asleep, and wakes up a glorious monarch butterfly. But her dangerous trip doesn't end there. She continues on to a valley filled with butterflies just like her. The airy, pen-and-watercolor pictures stay tightly focused on the bug, giving an inimate sense of her to the reader. Your child will wonder at this tiny creatures's amazing journey.
Publishers Weekly
"The author suggests the urgency of a caterpillar's mission by treating it as a kind of hardwired biological destiny," said PW. "The clarity of the storytelling and artwork match the heroine's determination." Ages 3-6. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"I don't know much, but I know what I know. I gotta go! I gotta go! I gotta go to Mexico!" chants a black-and-yellow-striped "creepy-crawly bug" as she proceeds slowly across a meadow. When an ant or grasshopper asks her destination, she restates the imperative and "creepy-crawl[s] away just as fast as she [can] go." All this hurrying wearies her, and after a "long and hard and very strange" nap in a cocoon, she awakens to discover orange-and-black wings on her back. Refreshed, she takes flight and reaches Mexico, where she meets other migrating Monarch butterflies. Swope (The Krazees) suggests the urgency of the caterpillar's mission by treating it as a kind of hard-wired biological destiny; repeated key phrases and the butterfly's simplified life cycle underscore its sense of a natural fate. At the conclusion, the tale comes full circle with the hatching of another creepy-crawly bug. Debut children's book artist Riddle complements the lucid narration with charming ink-and-watercolor miniatures. Her closeups of the metamorphosing heroine give way to aerial views of farm and canyon as the Monarch flies southward; a deft use of white space creates a sense of loneliness for the solo bug, culminating in a graceful dance of butterfly couples in a penultimate spread. The clarity of the storytelling and artwork match the heroine's determination. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
How a creepy crawly little bug fulfills her destiny is captured in this delightful little story. Hatched from an egg, she instinctively knows she's gotta go, gotta go! She must get to Mexico, although she has no idea where that is. After a short sleep, she emerges as a beautiful orange and black butterfly. Always in a hurry, she makes her way over meadows, farms, forest, and rivers until at last she joins her millions of cousins. After laying an egg on a leaf, a new creepy crawly bug emerges and the story comes full circle. The marvelous migration of the monarch butterflies unfolds in this simple rhythmic text that has an engaging lilt. Soft watercolors on crisp white pages flesh out the amazing journey. Pair this with Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. 2000, Farrar, Ages 4 to 8, $12.00. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This is the tale of a "creepy-crawly bug" (Monarch caterpillar), who says "I don't know much, but I know what I know. I gotta go! I gotta go! I gotta go to Mexico!" On her long trek, she meets a grasshopper and an ant, takes a "nice long rest" (metamorphosis), and finally reaches the hibernation grove in Mexico. She wakens in spring to "dance" with another creepy-crawly bug before heading north again to lay her eggs-"-the reason for everything." An author's note and the jacket blurb provide some factual fodder for parents and teachers. Small, full-color illustrations accompany the text. They are attractive, but unremarkable. For a supremely better introduction to the miraculous world of butterfly metamorphosis, try Deborah Heiligman's From Caterpillar to Butterfly (HarperCollins, 1996) or Mary Ling's Butterfly (DK, 1992); for Monarchs in particular use Gail Gibbons's Monarch Butterfly (Holiday, 1989); and for the mysteries of migration, April Pulley Sayre's poetic Home at Last: A Song of Migration (Holt, 1998) is a gem.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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"This small square book dramatizes the astonishing journey of the Monarch butterfly, and the powerful instinct that drives it to fly as much as 3,000 miles from the U.S. to Mexico for the winter . . . Even preschoolers will feel the excitement about this most fragile of creatures that can fly so far and prove so strong." -- Starred, Booklist

"Riddle makes use of vivid, glowing colors to capture the majesty of this perennial favorite on the curriculum circuit." --Kirkus Reviews

"The rhythm and repetition are infectious, making it nearly impossible to keep from chanting along." --The Horn Book

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374327576
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 3/2/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 7.73 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Sam Swope is the author of two previous picture books, The Krazees and The Araboolies of Liberty Street. He lives in New York City.

Sue Riddle lives in Providence, Rhode Island. This is his first book.

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