Mariposas En la Calle Carmen (Butterflies on Carmen Street)

Mariposas En la Calle Carmen (Butterflies on Carmen Street)

by Monica Brown, April Ward
     
 
"Today is Butterfly Day!" Julianita excitedly tells her grandfather as they make their way down Carmen Street to school one morning. Today is the day Julianita and her friends have been waiting for-they're going to learn about monarch butterflies. But what's even more thrilling is they're each going to receive their very own caterpillar to raise! When Julianita gets

Overview

"Today is Butterfly Day!" Julianita excitedly tells her grandfather as they make their way down Carmen Street to school one morning. Today is the day Julianita and her friends have been waiting for-they're going to learn about monarch butterflies. But what's even more thrilling is they're each going to receive their very own caterpillar to raise! When Julianita gets hers, she names him Tiger because of his striking yellow and black stripes.

Ms. Rodríguez teaches her students all about the monarch. But Julianita already knows that they fly south thousands of miles every winter because her grandfather remembers seeing the beautiful monarchs in his village in the highlands of Mexico. As the children feed and care for their caterpillars, they anxiously anticipate the transformation from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly.

When Tiger finally emerges from his chrysalis, Julianita doesn't want to let him go. She worries that he will get lost on his way to Mexico. "Tiger knows the way to Mexico because it's in his heart," her Abuelito reassures her. She feels sad to see Tiger fly away, but Julianita knows that someday, she will follow him to her grandfather's magical Mexico.

Paired with April Ward's charming illustrations that depict Julianita's neighborhood-her home on Carmen Street, the bench where Abuelito rests in Palo Verde Park, her parents' store that sells everything in the whole wide world-this book by award-winning author Monica Brown is sure to entertain and educate kids ages 3-9. This is a perfect choice for children learning about insects and the forces of nature.

Editorial Reviews

Criticas

K-Gr 3This title seamlessly weaves two stories in one. When Carmen has to follow the life span of a monarch butterfly for a school assignment, she brings home a tiny caterpillar trapped in a jar. The project sparks her grandfather�s memories of growing up in Michoacan, Mexico, where the monarchs migrate before winter. As he relates to his granddaughter how the butterflies changed his small town once a year, the two come closer together. This story works well in many levels: the science behind the project is well explained, the details of the man�s story are vivid, and the bonding between Carmen and her grandfather rings true. The colorful, full-page acrylic illustrations that align with the story and the large-font type make this title ideal for young readers. Even though the translation is not precise (some sentences were shorten in the Spanish text), this well-written title is an ideal vehicle for exploring intergenerational relationships. Recommended for libraries and bookstores.
—Bianca Elliott

Children's Literature - Lilliam Oliva Collmann
It is Butterfly Day at Julianita's school. Each child gets to take home a caterpillar and watch it grow into a butterfly. Julianita learns how to create a suitable home for the caterpillar and what to feed it, then she watches it change from caterpillar to chrysalis and, finally, into a beautiful tiger-striped butterfly. Young readers will marvel at the story of the monarch's migration from the United States or Canada to Mexico as told not only by Julianita's teacher, but also lovingly recounted by her grandfather, an immigrant from Michoacan who watched them turn trees into shimmering gold back home. Thus, the narrative of the natural world combines with the story of Julianita and her grandfather, residents of Palo Verde, Texas. Ward's vivid and realistic illustrations support the narrative and help the reader experience the flavor of the cultural life of a Mexican-American neighborhood as Julianita walks with her grandfather to school and takes her chrysalis named Tiger for a ride on her bicycle. Written in Spanish and English, it would be a useful book for any child learning Spanish or attending an immersion or bilingual school. Any child interested in the life cycle of the monarch butterfly would enjoy this book. Reviewer: Lilliam Oliva Collmann

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558854840
Publisher:
Arte Publico Press
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Edition description:
Spanish-language Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,290,818
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
890L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >