Butterfly Called Hope, A

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Butterfly Called Hope, A
The colorful flowers in Mama’s garden reveal a strange-looking creature. “What is it? Does it sting, does it bite?" Join in this photographic journey as the young girl and her mother care for the caterpillar. Watch as it transforms into a chrysalis and then emerges as a beautiful monarch butterfly. How can the young girl “claim" the butterfly as her own but still let it go free?

This work of narrative nonfiction includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 25-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. A Butterfly Called Hope is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.

Written by Mary Alice Monroe   & Linda Love, Illustrated by Barbara J. Bergwerf
32 pg, 10 x 8.5, Ages 4-8, Grades PK-4, Lexile: AD 430, AR: 2.5, F&P: L
Hardcover 9781607188544 $17.95  
Paperback 9781607188568 $9.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628553437 $11.95  
EBook 9781607188599 Purchase Here
Spanish EBook 9781628551624 Purchase Here
Keywords:   life cycle, metamorphosis, , plant-animal interaction, sequencing, compare/contrast, migration
Animals in the book:   monarch butterfly, butterflies
Vetters:   Thanks to Karen Oberhauser, Director of Monarchs in the Classroom and President of the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Foundation; and to Trecia Neal, biologist at the Fernbank Science Center and Monarchs Across Georgia for verifying the accuracy of the information in this book.


While there are many books available on monarch butterfly development, this one targets a younger audience than most. - Booklist

Monroe does an excellent job using appropriate scientific vocabulary along with dialogue to keep readers interested. - School Library Journal

A Butterfly Called Hope provides an armchair opportunity for the reader to share in the stages of development for monarch butterflies. - Science Books & Films

Author/Illustrator Info:

Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of The Beach House, Swimming Lessons, Beach House Memories, Skyward, Sweetgrass, Time is a River, Last Light Over Carolina, and The Butterfly's Daughter among other novels. Her first children's book, Turtle Summer: A Journal for my Daughter (ASPCA Henry Bergh award-winner) was released to great acclaim in 2007 as a picture book companion to her adult novel, Swimming Lessons. A Butterfly Called Hope is her second children's photographic book and is the result of her monarch-raising research for The Butterfly's Daughter. Mary Alice is currently working on a trilogy of novels about dolphins. Look for a third children's book to accompany that series. Visit Mary Alice's Website

Linda Love has been teaching butterfly biology for over twelve years. She founded butterfly habitats at Boone Hall Plantation and Blackbeard's Cove in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Linda not only started butterfly habitats at The Children's Museum in Northeast Texas but she was also one of the founders of the museum. Known as "Nanna Butterfly," Linda shares her passion about the mystical monarch in classrooms and at conferences.

Barbara J. Bergwerf photo journals her nature-related volunteer involvement at the South Carolina Aquarium's Sea Turtle Hospital, the Island Turtle Team on Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island, and the South Carolina Center for Birds of Prey. She's collaborated with best-selling novelist Mary Alice Monroe to share butterfly and loggerhead sea turtle photos with children through A Butterfly Called Hope and the award-winning Turtle Summer: A Journal for my Daughter. Her incredible photos also grace the award-winning children's book, Carolina's Story: Sea Turtles Get Sick Too! Barbara thought that she was retiring when she and her husband moved to the South Carolina Lowcountry. Somehow retirement doesn't seem to be in her vocabulary! Visit Barbara's website.


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