Señorita Mariposa by Ben Gundersheimer, ill. by Marcos Almada Rivero. Nancy Paulsen Books, 9781524740702, 2019
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Realistic Fiction
What did you like about the book? This lovely picture book takes us on the journey of a Monarch Butterfly from Canada to Mexico. The book uses simple text to describe the beauty, strength, and the importance of the butterfly in both English and Spanish languages. The layout of the text for most of the book is a line of English, then Spanish. Two times it is reversed, Spanish to English. The illustrations are bright, with anthropomorphized butterflies displaying their colors for all to see. The pictures of the children are wonderfully inclusive. The author’s note at the end of the book further explains the journey of the Monarch Butterfly and it’s importance to our ecosystem.
Anything you didn’t like about it? It was a little difficult to read, my brain wanted to read all the words together in both languages. In the end, I just read it twice!
To whom would you recommend this book? Preschools and elementary school classrooms would benefit from reading and studying this book not only from an ecology point of view, but also language. It could even be used in a Spanish classroom to discuss the unique migration of the Monarch in relation to Mexico.
Who should buy this book? Public Libraries, preschools, and elementary schools.
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Sure!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Lindsey Hughes, Marstons Mills Public Library, Marstons Mills, MA
Date of review: 9/3/19