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Book: A Butterfly Called Hope
Author: Mary Alice Monroe, with Linda Love
Photographer: Barbara J. Bergwerf
Publisher: Sylvan Dell, 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1607188544 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 1607188546 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1607188568 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 1607188562 (Paperback)
Related websites: http://www.maryalicemonroe.com (author), http://bergwerfgraphics.com (photographer), http://www.SylvanDellPublishing.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 5-9
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Monroe, Mary Alice, with Love, Linda. A Butterfly Called Hope (published in 2013 by Sylvan Dell Publishing, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464). Do you know what a “chrysalis” is? Hope is a young girl whose mother’s garden has many butterflies. Hope calls them “flying flowers.” One day, Hope finds a bright yellow and black worm-like bug on a green milkweed leaf. She puts it in a glass jar and feeds it plenty of fresh milkweed leaves from the garden every day. A few days later, the caterpillar is missing. In its place is a jade green chrysalis. Where did it go? And what will happen to it?
This photographic journey by New York Times best-selling author Mary Alice Monroe about a young girl and her mother caring for a caterpillar fits perfectly into science lessons either in the classroom or at home. In the back are four pages “For Creative Minds” with activities of Monarch Life Cycle Sequencing and Butterfly Vocabulary Matching, and further information Monarch Generations and Migrations and Raising Monarchs. In addition, a 15-30 page teaching activities guide is available at the publisher’s website. Butterflies are gorgeous creatures, and kids will enjoy learning about them in this book.