written and illustrated by Mindy Lighthipe
(Schiffer Books) 2010
Source: Mebane Public Library
Mother Monarch flies from flower to flower. She is searching for nectar to eat and a milkweed plant where she can lay her eggs. After she lays her eggs, it won't be long before the cycle of life will begin anew with a monarch caterpillar eating milkweed leaves and working toward becoming a butterfly.
I normally don't comment on the illustrations because I have little knowledge of art and what goes into creating an illustration. My niche with book reviews is talking about the text and how teachers can use this text in the classrooms. But even my untrained eyes can tell you that this is a beautiful book that students will love to pore over again and again. The narrative is also strong which is great when you can tell an engaging story full of scientific information. Mother Monarch would be an excellent companion piece to Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian which is another beautifully illustrated nonfiction book. Check out Mindy's blog for more butterfly artwork.