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How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids (How It Works) Paperback – Picture Book, March 8, 2012
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A vivid and concise guidebook that anyone, not just educators or parents, would find beneficial in their butterfly-raising endeavors. Full of butterfly insights and mind-boggling facts, it offers something to learn for everyone. From finding caterpillars and avoiding common predators to tracking your adult butterflies by utilizing citizen science efforts, this book leaves no leaf unturned when it comes to raising your very own Monarch butterflies. Even gardeners would find this book useful, as it includes tips for creating butterfly-centric gardens. -- Julie Travaglini ― Green Teacher Published On: 2020-01-01
A great book for kids of all ages. Even adults will benefit from what this book has to offer. What it presents is very clear and concise and the photos are phenomenal. This book would be a great introduction to butterflies in general, especially for anyone who would like to raise them in captivity, with the intention of releasing back into the wild. -- David Albaugh ― Dave the Bug Guy blog Published On: 2020-04-01
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Monarch Butterfly and more... Helpful photographs on each page show what to look for. Not just for kids. ― Niagara Escarpment Views Published On: 2018-03-01
Trust me -- this is one of those books that belongs in every school and public library. -- Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan ― Bookends: A Booklist Online Blog Published On: 2012-10-08
An exquisite step-by-step guide... This book is the perfect summer companion for a young nature enthusiast! -- Amanda Cannon ― Canadian Children's Book News Published On: 2012-06-01
Parents and grandparents looking for something to do with the kids this summer should consider this great backyard project. -- Brenda Hoerle ― Guelph Mercury Published On: 2012-06-29
Spectacular photographs add much to this informative text... a valuable addition to an elementary school library. -- Carolyn Cutt ― Resource Links, Vol. 17 No. 5 Published On: 2012-10-01
Carol Pasternak provides an easy-to-follow guide for children to participate in the life cycle of these beautiful insects. ― North Shore News Published On: 2012-11-21
It's the perfect step-by-step guide for children. -- Nancy Harper ― Waterloo Region-Record Published On: 2012-06-30
A monarch enthusiast, Pasternak clearly wants to encourage readers to develop their own fascination through experience and further education. -- Sacha Vignieri ― Science Magazine Published On: 2012-12-07
A perfect gift. -- Monica Brandies ― Tampa Bay Times Published On: 2016-12-09
This exciting new book is a great introduction to the amazing lives of Monarch butterflies, with detailed information on how to care for and raise the caterpillars. With many full-colour photographs illustrating every step and aspect of a Monarch's life and journey, this book is a great resource for educators, parents and monarch-lovers of all ages! ― Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory Published On: 2012-06-01
A book for children to learn about monarch butterflies, their lifecycle and the benefits of monarch butterflies to the environment. Includes step-by-step instructions for raising your own crop of butterflies in your home. Great for nature lovers young and old alike. -- Mari Farthing ― Metro Family Magazine (Oklahoma) Published On: 2012-05-01
A step-by-step guide for children who are interested in the natural world. The book contains beautiful photographs illustrating the various stages of butterfly development. It is written in kid-friendly language and best of all, helps to enlarge the monarch population in your area. The book tells where to look for monarch eggs or larvae and how to care for and cultivate this magnificent insect. -- Kim Haworth ― National Gardening Association Published On: 2012-04-19
Thoughtful inspiring and informative, this Canadian book will stimulate children to want to head out the door and look for Monarch butterflies. ― North Bay Nugget Published On: 2012-07-28
[The] breezy and down-to-earth text ("greenish poops called frash") presents many generalizations but nicely communicates the wonder of the transformative nature of this species. Especially effective is the eight-pictured depiction of the development of the caterpillar into a chrysalis. The full-color photographs are crisp and sharp for the most part, and illustrate the life cycle of the monarch and the many tasks that have to be done to ensure that the caterpillars thrive and become butterflies. This work-intensive activity might be better suited to students in a classroom than an individual at home. ― School Library Journal Published On: 2012-07-01
This guide for raising monarch butterflies gives clear directions accompanied by good, helpful, and beautiful photographs.... The book is well written, well illustrated, and very inviting. Readers will certainly want to try rearing monarchs after reading it. It is simple enough for young children, but not too simple for interested adults. Thus, the book should find a wide audience. I would recommend it for classrooms, libraries, and the general reader. -- Linda Wiener, St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM ― Science Books and Films Published On: 2012-05-01
Learn everything you need to know about the monarch life cycle and how to find and raise monarchs from egg to adult butterfly. You will even learn how to cultivate a butterfly garden full of monarchs. The book features many beautiful photographs of the fascinating insect, but soon you'll be able to take some of your own. So don't forget a camera! ― Time Magazine (Time for Kids), Green Books Published On: 2012-04-22
Pasternak has written a clear, practical and family-friendly guide to raising butterflies, which includes plenty of compelling scientific information along the way and ends by explaining what we can do to save their habitat. -- Julie Eilperin ― Washington Post Published On: 2012-05-01
An incredibly satisfying family activity that can encourage youngsters to look at nature with inquisitive, open eyes, raising monarch butterflies is an easy, outdoor pursuit. Pasternak's approachable book will certainly help families be rewarded with the wonder of metamorphosis. -- Lee Littlewood ― Waste Management World Published On: 2012-04-22
Written in kid-friendly language.... The photography is outstanding. Parents and grandparents looking for something to do with the kids this summer should consider this great backyard project. Incredibly detailed, Pasternak's guide also spills with facts, close-ups and great websites to scour. -- Jon Fear ― Waterloo Region Record Published On: 2012-06-30
Kids who love wildlife will find much to learn in this informative and beautifully photographed book. ― Sal's Fiction Addiction Published On: 2013-02-01
One of the most remarkable changes in nature is how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, and this book, filled with beautiful photographs, tells kids how that change takes place and why it's so important for the environment. The book's easy-to-follow instructions, from finding caterpillars or monarch eggs to caring for them, will inspire you. -- Tracy Grant ― Washington Post Published On: 2013-04-01
Toronto author Carol Pasternak's love of monarch butterflies inspired this step-by-step guide for children. Written in kid-friendly language, it encourages youngsters six and up to help boost declining monarch populations by raising butterflies from eggs or caterpillars collected from roadsides and fields. The photography is outstanding. Incredibly detailed, Pasternak's guide also spills with facts, close-up photos and links to great websites. -- Brenda Hoerle ― Waterloo Region-Record Published On: 2012-12-22
Pasternak's clear explanations for each stage of raising a monarch are paired with rich, colourful photographs that make you want to run outside and explore. This text is simple enough for 8-year-olds and engaging enough for teenagers; self-contained enough to support a brand new enthusiast and detailed enough to include interesting facts for an experienced butterfly raiser. And both bug enthusiasts and avoiders will find the step-by-step instructions easy to follow for your month long journey. Also, there are suggestions of organizations or web links to go to for further information. A great resource for teachers and an engaging classroom library addition. -- Amanda Forbes ― Canadian Teacher Published On: 2014-10-01
About the Author
Carol Pasternak is a photographer, personal trainer and educator who raises Monarch butterflies with her family in Toronto, Ontario.
- Publisher : Firefly Books; Revised and Updated ed. edition (March 8, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 48 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1770850023
- ISBN-13 : 978-1770850026
- Reading age : 6 - 12 years
- Grade level : 1 - 7
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 8 x 0.19 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #47,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The step-by-step guide is for ANYONE (not just kids) interested in helping to increase the Monarch population.
I didn't realize until I read the book, that only 1 in 100 Monarch eggs in the wild survive to to become a butterfly.
There are actual photos (not artwork / drawings) that are terrific and very helpful in following the step-by-step guide.
The text in the book is easy to understand for either kids or adults, while not talking down to adults (I am over 50).
I bought the book in June and have so far already raised and released six (6) Monarch butterflies (3 - females and 3 - males) with more in various stages of growth.
Yes, the book even shows you how to determine the sex of the Monarch butterfly.
To raise Monarchs from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly has been a lot of fun and a great learning experience for me.
I highly recommend this book, How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids (How It Works) by Carol Pasternak.
The text is both fun and efficient--perfect for children and even adult beginners. My eldest daughter, who is in early elementary, devoured the book on sight (after wrestling it away from me!) Once they get a small taste, your children (and you!) could easily get hooked on this easy and incredibly satisfying "hobby." Carol will lead your family through the way graciously and thoroughly.
And that's just the text and knowledge...if those don't blow you away, the photography will. Many of the shots are taken by the author and her family; she credits the photos taken by others. These are some absolutely amazing images, laid out so nicely. Simple, thought-provoking and inspiring.
Once your children have feasted on the thorough but easily digested text and the gorgeous pictures, they'll get a taste of why this "hobby" is so important to their environment and, in all mushy honestly, to their hearts as well. Why collect, raise, and release Monarch butterflies? Many answers, surprising facts, and thoughtful ideas await your family. It'll open your children's hearts to nature and the environment as well, and leave them wanting more--and wanting to do more.
Please consider adding this book to your collection (or your children's collection!) in the interest of Monarch butterfly conservation, or just plain old-fashioned science fun and awe. It's a window to the magic and simplicity of nature and a wonderful tribute to the gentle and mystifying Monarch butterfly.
By GerberDaisy on June 5, 2020
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The delivery was another matter. Tracking the delivery it seemed travel all around the country in 10 days, even reaching Burnaby, BC before finally arriving in Montreal. I guess it decided to make its own long migration.
Very informative and fun to read with the family!