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Butterfly Tree

by Sandra Markle
illustrated by Leslie Wu

The mystery of monarch butterfly migration is revealed in this sensitive, eloquent mother-daughter story.

One late afternoon in early September, Jilly sees something. It looks like it’s raining black pepper from a clear blue sky. Then the black rain becomes a wispy mist. And then a spooky orange cloud. What can it be? Jilly and Mom set out to identify the mysterious orange cloud. The closer they get, the more curious Jilly gets. Gradually, the hidden world of nature opens to mother and daughter.

This imaginative description of monarch butterfly migration reminds us that a loving parent can empower a child to discover the mysteries of the natural world – and to enjoy that discovery again and again. Because when you’re making a memory, you want it to last as long as possible.

Hardcover: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-539-3
Total Pages: 32
Size: 11 x 8 1/4
Language: English
Accelerated Reader
AR Quiz#: 144335
AR Reading Level: 3.4
AR Points: 0.5

F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: O
F&P Grade: 3

Reviews

“…This is an excellent wedding of evocative text and dreamy, misty art in a book as much about making memories as it is about the butterflies’ flight.” ―Booklist

“…The text reads aloud smoothly, suiting this especially well for use with a group…Even collections with many monarch titles will want to add this one for its masterful evocation of a child’s sense of wonder at the natural world.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“…Wu’s double-page impressionist pastel drawings in smudged tones of vivid orange, yellow green, blue, and deep brown echo the dreamlike quality of the narrative…” ―School Library Journal

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“…lovely book…” ―Oppenheim Toy Portfolio

“The world has many mysteries, and we don’t solve them all when we turn into an adult. ‘Butterfly Tree’ is a picture book adventure from Sandra Markle, telling the story of Jilly and Mother as they go through the wilderness and together face the many mysteries of the world and find their own understanding. With a beautiful water-color style of art throughout, ‘Butterfly Tree’ is a fine read for any parent and child who share an interest in nature.” ―Midwest Book Review

“Markle writes a warm memory of a mother and daughter – and a dog named Fudge – exploring nature… This is a great book to share for the season.” ―Archimedes’ Notebook blog

“The story will capture the imagination in so few words while the images dance before your eyes in a swirling mass of deep oranges and burnt reds. You can’t help but be whisked away by the beauty before you…I know I was.” ―Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers blog

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Awards

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ―NSTA / CBC 2012

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award ―Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2011

Green Earth Book Award (shortlist, picture book) ―Newton Marasco Foundation 2012

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Best Children’s Books of the Year (starred) ―Bank Street College of Education 2012

Ohioana Book Award (finalist, juvenile books) ―Ohionana Library Association 2012

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Meet the Author

Sandra Markle is the author of more than two hundred children’s books, which have won numerous awards, including Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, IRA/CBC Children’s Choice, NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Books for Children, NCTE Orbis Pictus Recommended, and ALA Notable Books for Children. She lives in New Zealand. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Leslie Wu is a fine artist and the illustrator of the New York Times bestseller The Very Best Daddy of All and Bijou, Bonbon, & Beau: The Kittens Who Danced for Degas. She lives in Oregon. You can visit Leslie Wu’s website here.