Monarch Butterfly (New and Updated) by Gail Gibbons


Monarch Butterfly (New and Updated) by Gail Gibbons. Holiday House, 9780823448319, 2021 (previously published 1989)

Format: Hardcover, 32 pages

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

Genre:  Nonfiction, Biology

What did you like about the book? Engaging and informative, this updated title keeps its original format and illustrations.  The easy to read text has plenty of white space and large font used to explain about the lifecycle of the Monarch butterfly.  Some text has been modified to give more precise information, for example the old text explains, “It’s summertime in the north” and now, “it’s summertime in North America”.  This title does a fine job of going through each stage of the butterfly’s life and adds details not found in the original title, to the benefit of the text and reader.  End pages still tell readers how to raise a monarch of their own, however, now the instructions include the safety tip that adults should help to pound holes into the metal lid of a jar.  Extra information about the butterflies can still be found at the back of the book for readers looking to learn more.  A well thought out text that will be accessible for its targeted audience and a must have for elementary classrooms.

Anything you didn’t like about it? 

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers in grades K and up who enjoy biology and Monarch butterflies would enjoy this title. 

Who should buy this book? This would be a good purchase for elementary-schools whose curriculum includes life cycles or public libraries that have fans or have Monarch butterflies in their region.  

Where would you shelve it? Nonfiction, Biology

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  I feel that this title would reside at the top of the “to read” pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon School Library, Dennis, Massachusetts

Date of review: May 27, 2021

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