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Butterfly Tree by Sandra Markle
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Sep 03, 11

bookshelves: picture-book, ncbla
Read in August, 2011

As the family is packing up to leave the beach, Jilly sees something strange, and her mother decides to find out what it is. At first, Jilly is sure the orangish cloud she has spied is an alien or a dragon's breath, but as the two of them grow closer, she realizes that it is a cloud of migrating monarch butterflies on their way home. Seeing all of those beautiful insects is a precious memory that mother and daughter will share. Additional information describes the author's own childhood experience in seeing a host of monarchs as well as a map that shows the routes those butterflies travel. The pastel illustrations are soft and provide a sentimental feel that complements the text. This is a beautiful book and a must-have for the primary classroom library or a butterfly text set collection.
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