How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids

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Revel in one of the most remarkable miracles of nature.

Observing a Monarch butterfly as it transforms itself from a black, white and yellow caterpillar and emerges from a chrysalis as a vivid orange, black and white butterfly is among the most thrilling experiences that nature offers. Raising Monarch butterflies from eggs collected from milkweed leaves, or from caterpillars plucked from the plant, is made easy with the help of this detailed ...

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Revel in one of the most remarkable miracles of nature.

Observing a Monarch butterfly as it transforms itself from a black, white and yellow caterpillar and emerges from a chrysalis as a vivid orange, black and white butterfly is among the most thrilling experiences that nature offers. Raising Monarch butterflies from eggs collected from milkweed leaves, or from caterpillars plucked from the plant, is made easy with the help of this detailed guide to locating and hatching this distinctive insect.

With more than 50 unique, close-up photographs readers will learn about the life cycle of the Monarch and how to encourage populations in their own backyards, with tips on which plants to grow, as well as the care and feeding of their pet caterpillars. How to Raise Monarch Butterflies explains what threats face Monarchs and how readers can help conserve the Monarch's feeding grounds from encroachment.

The Monarch's amazing story doesn't end after it flutters away as a butterfly. In the fall, monarchs wing their way southward toward warmer climes in Mexico and California, and congregate in mass groupings in certain regions. The following spring, the cycle begins all over again.

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Editorial Reviews

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
This exciting new book is a great introduction to the amazing lives of Monarch butterflies, with detailed information on how to care for and raise the caterpillars. With many full-colour photographs illustrating every step and aspect of a Monarch's life and journey, this book is a great resource for educators, parents and monarch-lovers of all ages!
Metro Family Magazine (Oklahoma) - Mari Farthing
A book for children to learn about monarch butterflies, their lifecycle and the benefits of monarch butterflies to the environment. Includes step-by-step instructions for raising your own crop of butterflies in your home. Great for nature lovers young and old alike.
National Gardening Association - Kim Haworth
A step-by-step guide for children who are interested in the natural world. The book contains beautiful photographs illustrating the various stages of butterfly development. It is written in kid-friendly language and best of all, helps to enlarge the monarch population in your area. The book tells where to look for monarch eggs or larvae and how to care for and cultivate this magnificent insect.
North Bay Nugget
Thoughtful inspiring and informative, this Canadian book will stimulate children to want to head out the door and look for Monarch butterflies.
Science Books and Films - Linda Wiener
This guide for raising monarch butterflies gives clear directions accompanied by good, helpful, and beautiful photographs.... The book is well written, well illustrated, and very inviting. Readers will certainly want to try rearing monarchs after reading it. It is simple enough for young children, but not too simple for interested adults. Thus, the book should find a wide audience. I would recommend it for classrooms, libraries, and the general reader.
Green Books Time Magazine (Time for Kids)
Learn everything you need to know about the monarch life cycle and how to find and raise monarchs from egg to adult butterfly. You will even learn how to cultivate a butterfly garden full of monarchs. The book features many beautiful photographs of the fascinating insect, but soon you'll be able to take some of your own. So don't forget a camera!
Washington Post - Julie Eilperin
Pasternak has written a clear, practical and family-friendly guide to raising butterflies, which includes plenty of compelling scientific information along the way and ends by explaining what we can do to save their habitat.
Waste Management World - Lee Littlewood
An incredibly satisfying family activity that can encourage youngsters to look at nature with inquisitive, open eyes, raising monarch butterflies is an easy, outdoor pursuit. Pasternak's approachable book will certainly help families be rewarded with the wonder of metamorphosis.
Waterloo Region Record - Jon Fear
Written in kid-friendly language.... The photography is outstanding. Parents and grandparents looking for something to do with the kids this summer should consider this great backyard project. Incredibly detailed, Pasternak's guide also spills with facts, close-ups and great websites to scour.
Bookends: A Booklist Online Blog - Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan
Trust me -- this is one of those books that belongs in every school and public library.
Canadian Children's Book News - Amanda Cannon
An exquisite step-by-step guide... This book is the perfect summer companion for a young nature enthusiast!
Waterloo Region-Record - Brenda Hoerle
Parents and grandparents looking for something to do with the kids this summer should consider this great backyard project.
Resource Links, Vol. 17 No. 5 - Carolyn Cutt
Spectacular photographs add much to this informative text... a valuable addition to an elementary school library.
North Shore News
Carol Pasternak provides an easy-to-follow guide for children to participate in the life cycle of these beautiful insects.
Waterloo Region-Record - Nancy Harper
It's the perfect step-by-step guide for children.
Science Magazine - Sacha Vignieri
A monarch enthusiast, Pasternak clearly wants to encourage readers to develop their own fascination through experience and further education.
Sal's Fiction Addiction
Kids who love wildlife will find much to learn in this informative and beautifully photographed book.
Washington Post - Tracy Grant
One of the most remarkable changes in nature is how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, and this book, filled with beautiful photographs, tells kids how that change takes place and why it's so important for the environment. The book's easy-to-follow instructions, from finding caterpillars or monarch eggs to caring for them, will inspire you.
Canadian Teacher - Amanda Forbes
Pasternak's clear explanations for each stage of raising a monarch are paired with rich, colourful photographs that make you want to run outside and explore. This text is simple enough for 8-year-olds and engaging enough for teenagers; self-contained enough to support a brand new enthusiast and detailed enough to include interesting facts for an experienced butterfly raiser. And both bug enthusiasts and avoiders will find the step-by-step instructions easy to follow for your month long journey. Also, there are suggestions of organizations or web links to go to for further information. A great resource for teachers and an engaging classroom library addition.
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up—The monarch butterflies that hatch in the early summer live for two to three weeks, and a female can lay between 400 and 500 eggs. Collecting these eggs or the newly hatched caterpillars and providing them with milkweed leaves-their main food-can help increase the number of late summer and early fall monarchs that live for eight or nine months and make the autumn migration to Mexico. This breezy and down-to-earth text ("greenish poops-called frass") presents mostly generalizations but nicely communicates the wonder of the transformative nature of this species. Especially effective is the eight-picture depiction of the development of the caterpillar into a chrysalis. The full-color photographs are crisp and sharp for the most part and illustrate the life cycle of the monarch and the many tasks that have to be done to ensure that the caterpillars thrive and become butterflies. This work-intensive activity might be better suited to students in a classroom than an individual at home. With so many similar books about the life cycle of the monarch and related crafts and activities, this title becomes an additional purchase.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
Have you ever watched a Monarch Butterfly flit across a garden and land on a colorful flower? If you have then you realize just what beautiful creatures Monarchs are. However, what you may not have known is that Monarchs make a multi-generational migration from as far north as Canada down to Mexico on an annual basis. Imagine, these tiny and beautiful insects flying thousands of miles, always at the mercy of prevailing wind and weather. It is the lovely and determined Monarch Butterfly that Carol Pasternak presents in this beautifully illustrated how-to book. Pasternak's primary focus is to educate youngsters on how to ethically study, rear, and release Monarchs hatched at home. In order to accomplish this task, Pasternak provides her readers with a thorough yet charming step-by-step instruction booklet in the form of this publication. Along the way Pasternak also tells the story of the Monarch, its life cycle, and the predators and dangers it faces. Throughout the book Pasternak also includes numerous color photographs of Monarchs, their eggs, preferred habitat, and a host of related subjects. This combination produces a wonderful book that children, teachers, and parents will find not only fascinating but instructive. We can learn the value of all life by studying its potentialities. How to Raise Monarch Butterflies not only teaches the mechanics of rearing an insect, but also the innate value of all life and our personal responsibility to be mindful stewards of the world around us. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770850026
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/8/2012
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 288,852
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Pasternak is a photographer, personal trainer and educator who raises Monarch butterflies with her family in Toronto, Ontario.

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Table of Contents


The Amazing Monarch 4

What Makes a Monarch a Monarch?

Anatomy of a Monarch Butterfly 6

Raising Monarchs

What You'll Need 10

Finding Caterpillars 12

Taking Care of Your Caterpillars 14

The Great Egg Hunt 16

The Monarch Life Cycle

Here We Grow 20

The Chrysalis 22

The Monarch Emerges 24

Out in the World

Releasing Your Butterfly 28

Predators and Perils 30

Mating and Migration 32

The Incredible Journey 34

The Adventure Continues

Creating a Butterfly Garden 38

Milkweed Mania! 40


Saving the World for Butterflies 42

Resources 44

Glossary 46

Index 47

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    Raising a Monarch butterfly is a fascinating experience. One ca

    Raising a Monarch butterfly is a fascinating experience. One can first-hand see the transformation of a caterpillar into a chrysalis and from the chrysalis, an adult butterfly emerge and fly. This book takes you through the steps that make this experience easy and successful. From written instructions to fascinating photos, you'll enjoy raising butterflies to fly in your backyard.

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