MONARCH AND MILKWEED by Helen Frost

MONARCH AND MILKWEED

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Age Range: 3 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

There are books aplenty on monarch butterflies, on their remarkable life cycle and even more remarkable transcontinental migration. This one, however, although it touches on both themes, chooses a slightly different angle, as evidenced in the title: It gives equal billing to the monarch’s botanical partner, the milkweed. The precise prose personifies both plant and butterfly, alternating between the two over the course of a year, from spring to spring. By elevating the humble milkweed, the text invites readers to consider the whole environment rather than simply one part of it—a happy introduction to a sophisticated view of the world. Gore’s pastel-and-acrylic illustrations are liquidly textured, a lovely counterpoint to Frost’s poetic language. Their full-color, full-bleed beauty lovingly details the milkweed from flowering to the splitting of its pods in the fall; the butterflies are equally exquisite, from caterpillar through chrysalis to adult insect, subtle shifts in proportion and composition leading the reader’s eye through the changes. It’s no easy feat to make something stationary that’s as dynamic as a butterfly—these illustrations manage it handily. (author’s note) (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-7)

Pub Date: March 4th, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4169-0085-6
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2008




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