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The Mystery of the Monarchs: How Kids, Teachers, and Butterfly Fans Helped Fred and Norah Urquhart Track the Great Monarch Migration



by
Barb Rosenstock
illustrated by
Erika Meza

Edition
Library edition with trade jacket added
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Knopf
ISBN
9781984829573
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A gorgeous picture book based on the true story of a scientist who solves the mysteries of monarch butterfly migration—with the help of schoolchildren! A perfect story for nature lovers of all ages from the Caldecott Honor winning author of The Noisy Paint Box.

Young Fred Urquhart was fascinated by insects, especially his favorite, the monarchbutterfly. He wondered where monarchs spent the winter. No one knew. After he became an entomologist (bug scientist), Fred and his wife, Norah tagged hundreds of butterflies, hoping to solve the mysteryof the monarchs. But they soon discovered that they needed help. They started a “butterfly family,” a community of children, teachers, and nature enthusiasts fromthree countries––Canada, the United States,and Mexico––to answer the question: Where do the monarchs go?

Detailed materials in the back of the book include maps of monarch migration, the life cycle of the butterfly, and the cultural relevance of monarch butterflies in Mexico, as well as information on environmental efforts towards monarch conservation.

Author’s note. Illustrator’s note. Further information about the monarch butterfly and its migration. Selected sources. Full-color illustrations were created using acrylic gouache, watercolor, ink, coffee splashes, and pastel pencils, and finished in Photoshop.

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Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

Dewey

595.78

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0: points 0

Lexile

AD760L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2022

Book Genres

Narrative Nonfiction, Picture Book

Topics

Fred A. Urquhart (1911–2002). Norah Roden Patterson Urquhart (1918–2009). Monarch butterflies. Butterfly migration patterns. Michoacán, Mexico. Entomology. Canadian entomologists. Citizen scientists. Scientific discoveries. 

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