Monarch and Milkweed

by Helen Frost and Leonid Gore

Milkweed plants serve monarch butterflies in several ways, from being the ideal home... read more

Milkweed plants serve monarch butterflies in several ways, from being the ideal home for eggs, to feeding the newly hatched caterpillars, to providing the foundation from which the chrysalis will hang. Poetic language and glowing acrylic and pastel illustrations highlight the symbiotic relationship between plant and insect, while traveling through the rotation of seasons, growth, and migration. When spring re-appears, the cycle begins anew as “Roots reach down. / A tip of green presses out and up, toward warmth and light. / Milkweed’s first spring leaf unfurls. / Far to the south, in Mexico, Monarch rides the wind toward it.” (Ages 6–10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2009

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