A monarch butterfly tells the story of her life cycle in this nature-themed picture book.
In this informative work, a monarch butterfly takes young readers through each stage of her existence, relating her origin as a “teeny-tiny egg on a leaf,” the “soft, velvety darkness” of her chrysalis, and her subsequent discovery of her sun-warmed wings and strawlike, nectar-sipping “new tongue.” Nature photographer Stone (Golden Words, 2015, etc.), the recipient of an Audubon Top 100 photography award and author of nonfiction works for adults, draws children into this real-life story of metamorphosis with resonant simplicity. An image of a penny demonstrates the relative size of the tiny butterfly egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and adult monarch. The winged narrator’s short but graceful sentences are well-placed against generous white space alternating with full-page, close-up photos of monarchs in nature. The book ends with a list of intriguing butterfly facts (they “taste with their feet,” for instance), a pictorial chart of the monarch’s life cycle, photos of other butterfly types, tips on how to help stop the monarch’s slow flight toward the endangered list, and links to resources for further exploration.
An engaging book for children with vivid photographs and a simple, graceful narrative.