Monarch's Progress: Poems with Wingsby Avis Harley
A masterful collection by the author of Fly With Poetry and Sea Stars. Why are butterflies so universally loved? Is it the dazzling colors in exquisite winged art? Is it our reaction to amazing feats of flight? Is it the miracle of change that fascinates usthat wonderful metamorphosis from tiny egg to brilliant insect? Avis Harley explores these questions
A masterful collection by the author of Fly With Poetry and Sea Stars. Why are butterflies so universally loved? Is it the dazzling colors in exquisite winged art? Is it our reaction to amazing feats of flight? Is it the miracle of change that fascinates usthat wonderful metamorphosis from tiny egg to brilliant insect? Avis Harley explores these questions and the many others that have captivated humans throughout history. Eighteen structured poemshaikus, tanka, sonnets, villanelles, and other formsexamine how monarch butterflies taste with their feet, migrate 2500 miles every year, and cover entire forest groves when they rest. A Small Matters section at the back explains the fact and science in the poems refer.
"The butterfly was there/before any human art was made." Harley celebrates the beauty and life cycle of monarchs in 18 poems written in a variety of forms and illustrated with realistic, sometimes impressionistic, colored-pencil drawings. To emphasize the four stages of butterfly metamorphosis, four acrostics highlight appropriate terms spelled out in the first letter of each line of poetry ("NEW EGG," "CATERPILLAR," "CHRYALIS," and "IMAGO"). Other structures include haiku, sonnet, limerick, and a delightful abecedarian titled "Wintering Over" ("Amazing/Blazing/Clusters/Decorate/Entire/Forest/Groves...This/Unique,/Velvet-/Winged/X-odus/Yields/Zillions"). Arranged in a long sleek column, this selection is paired with a fine view of a dense cluster of monarchs in a tree in Mexico "Hanging/In/Jeweled/Kingdoms." An author's introduction comments on the structure of some of the poems and invites readers to describe a favorite butterfly in verse. Concluding notes touch back on each entry with bits of factual material about these insects and their behavior. The layout's generous white space adds inviting emphasis and clarity to both text and artwork. This collection offers versatile uses for poetry reading, writing lessons, or introducing natural-history units.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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- 8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 7 - 18 Years
Meet the Author
Avis Harley was born and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. This is her fourth book of poetry for children, the third that she has also illustrated. Leap Into Poetry: More ABCs of Poetry received the ASPCA's Henry Bergh Children's Book Poetry Honor Award.
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