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BooklistThis collection of 18 illustrated poems celebrates butterflies in general and monarchs in particular. Cleverly written with obvious attention to craft, the poetry varies in form from rhymed couplets to acrostic verse to haiku and explores topics such as the physical differences between the larval and adult stages, the way monarch wings look when magnified, and the usefulness of having taste sensors in one's feet. Accompanying each poem is a color-pencil drawing, often featuring precise lines and intense hues. This book would more effective when used at the end of a school unit on butterflies rather than at the beginning, as the more children know about monarchs, the better they will understand the verse. However, plenty is explained on the appended pages of notes, where each picture is reproduced in miniature beside a paragraph or two of information pertinent to the poem it illustrates. This attractive poetry collection could be useful in either the science or language-arts curriculum.