Butterfly Tree – Sandra Markle, illustrations by Leslie Wu

    Butterfly Tree – Sandra Markle, illustrations by Leslie Wu, Peachtree, 9781561455393, 2011

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Picture Book

 What did you like about the book? This story is based on an actual experience the author had when she was a young girl. She was on a beach along Lake Erie when she witnessed a migrating flock of monarch butterflies. She has captured that memorable experience in this beautiful book. This story begins with a young girl playing with her dog along the beach of Lake Erie. She starts to notice something in the sky that looks somewhat like a cloud. It begins to change shape and she wonders if it is all kinds of things–smoke from a distant volcano, a spaceship, or even the breath of an invisible dragon. Nervous, she runs home to tell her mother. Contrary to what she thinks, her mother is not nervous, but anxious to see what it is. The two of them set off down the beach and into the forest. They spy several orange things–a kite, a Baltimore oriole, and some fall leaves on a tree. However, what they think are leaves actually turn out to be thousands of monarch butterflies. As they approach, the butterflies land on their hair, clothes, even their nose. They spend some time just enjoying this magical experience.

The illustrations provided by Leslie Wu are beautiful and perfect for this story. The migrating butterflies are such a beautiful part of nature and the illustrations capture this with the beauty of the beach, forest and the bright orange butterflies.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing.

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children between the ages of four and seven years old. It would be a great way to introduce animal migrations to young children.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, anyone who works with children between the ages of four and seven years old.

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, a great way to show animal migration without being too technical and more of a story.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: November 27, 2020

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