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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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50 Must-Read How-To Books. Raising monarch butterflies is made easy with the help of this detailed guide. How to Raise Monarch Butterflies explains what threats Monarchs face today and how readers can help conserve the Monarch's feeding grounds from encroachment. Revel in one of the most remarkable miracles of nature. -- Sarah Nichols ― Book Riot Published On: 2019-04-25

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.

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  • 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
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By GerberDaisy on June 5, 2020
An excellent book for children of all ages, grandchildren, school teachers, homeschoolers, or adults who are curious and interested in saving the monarch. Step by step instructions that are clear and complete with great pictures of how to pour cure eggs, caterpillars and release the butterflies.
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