Monday, March 2, 2009
Monarch and Milkweed by Helen Frost illustrated by Leonid Gore
Here is the mark of a good children's writer. Helen Frost is able to take weeks and months of research about a wondrous natural event and explain it in beautiful, descriptive prose, without leaving out any important information, suitable for children. Monarch and Milkweed is not packed with text, about one to two sentences on a page, and yet I came away having learned so much about the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly. Supporting the poetic text are gorgeous illustrations by Gore, done in acrylic and pastels on paper. Gore has obviously done his research too, as butterflies, caterpillars, and flowers are all shown in stunning detail. Monarch and Milkweed appeals to both the eye and the ear. Find it in nonfiction, 595.789.