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Monarch Butterflies, Migration, and Fun Facts in Beautiful Picture Book and Story for Young Readers

Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Monarchs, Migration, and Fun Facts

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Entertaining Story of the Monarch Butterflies Along with Science Studies

Barb Rosenstock's beautiful story and picture book The Mystery of the Monarchs is an entertaining story and picture books for young readers with fun facts included about these favorite butterflies. She writes the story of the entomologist Fred Urquhart who became interested in the monarch butterflies at an early age. He discovered that no one knew why these beautiful butterflies migrated the way that they did and he determined that he wanted to solve this mystery. He wanted to solve the mystery of where the monarchs went in the winter. He made several efforts to tag monarchs to solve this mystery, but was not actually very successful because he never got many of the butterflies back on their return. He tried to enlist the help of other entomologists, with no success. He finally received responses from twelve interested people who wanted to help. Farmers, librarians, and even doctors joined Fred in studying the monarch migration. Teachers and their students also joined the study. They tracked the monarchs and searched areas from the Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico. On January 2, 1975, their curiosity was solved. Fifty years of study and tracking answered Urquhart's question about where the monarchs went in the winter.

Erica Meza contributed her talents as an illustrator to tell the history of Urquhart's fascinating study. The illustrations are colorful and detailed.

Rosenstock includes fun facts and and an Author's Note at the conclusion of the story. Interesting information about the environmental education project Symbolic Monarch Migration is also included.

If you have ever wondered about these beautiful butterflies and why you do not see them in winter, add this lovely book to your child's home library. Teachers will find this to be a must -have for their classroom libraries for interesting science lessons.

The Mystery of the Monarchs was published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin/Random House, and is recommended for ages 6-12. It has an ISBN of 978-1-9848-2956-6.


Beautiful and Detailed Illustrations Tell the Story of the Monarchs and Their Migration

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Bring The Mystery of the Monarchs Into Your Classroom for Fun Educational Activities


Barb Rosenstock's The Mystery of the Monarchs is a must-have addition to a classroom library for fun and educational activities when studying the insect world. Teachers will want to use the information about the environmental education project Symbolic Monarch Migration that is provided at the conclusion of the story to engage students in ongoing learning about the monarch butterflies. The comprehensive list of additional resources is also valuable for furthur learning.

*Read The Mystery of the Monarchs in a story time session. Introduce the entomologist Fred Urquhart to students. What is an entomologist?

*Introduce the scientific terms for the monarch's life cycle. Photographs of the life cycle are included in the story.

*Provide a map of the United States to mark the spots where the monarchs were spotted during the years of Urquhart's tracking and tagging the monarchs. The students can make a reproduction of Urquhart's map as presented in the story

*Locate the secret location for the monarchs' winter environment on a map.

*Prepare quizzes for students to practice their knowledge of fun facts that are included at the conclusion of the story. Bingo games are also an entertaining activity that can be prepared by the teacher to engage the students in learning about the monarch butterflies.

*Engage your class in being involved with the ongoing studies that are part of the tri-national environmental education project called the Symbolic Monarch Migration. Students who participate in this project can create papet butterflies to send to communities that surround the sanctuaries in Mexico. Lesson plans can also be obtained that are prepared by an environmental educator from this project. You can learn more about this project for your class by visiting the website eealliance.org/symbolic-migration.html.

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