Striking color and outstanding design make this introduction to the monarch's life cycle visually pleasing. Gibbons uses borders in gold, white, and black with central panels where soft blue and green intensify the rich orange and black of this familiar species. But, unfortunately, she sacrifices accuracy in both form and proportion in order to maintain the soft, flowing curves she uses to depict the butterflies and the plants in their environment: the front wing of the monarch is strongly triangular rather than rounded as shown; the antennae should be barely clubbed and turn out, not in. Information is given on each stage of development: egg, larva, chrysalis, and butterfly; and on migration, butterfly celebrations, and caring for a captive caterpillar. Handsome, but flawed as a science resource.