An Extraordinary Life: The Story of a Monarch Butterfly

by Laurence Pringle

Hardcover, 1996



Local notes

595 Pri




Orchard Books (NY) (1996), Edition: First Edition, 64 pages


Introduces the life cycle, feeding habits, migration, predators, and mating of the monarch butterfly through the observation of one particular monarch named Danaus.

Original language


Physical description

64 p.; 11.32 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member tripleblessings
An award-winning, detailed and scientific account of the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly. One individual named Danaus is followed from an egg in Massachusetts, which metamorphoses into a beautiful female butterfly, through her migration to Mexico and her return to lay eggs in the U.S. the
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following spring. Beautiful painted illustrations by Bob Marshall enhance the text, which is very detailed and dry in places. There are maps of the migration routes followed by different populations of monarchs, and side-bar facts for quick browsing. At the end there is information about efforts to protect the monarchs' winter habitat, and how to raise monarch caterpillars into butterflies. A short bibliography is included. First published in 1997. Recommended for elementary and high school students.
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LibraryThing member champlin
Information Book. I think this book is extremely useful as a way to become attached to the butterfly. The reader wants to read on in order to find out what happens and learn about the life of the butterfly. There are great anatomy drawings and there are little facts about butterflies in general in
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the margins of the book. I think this is a good book because it is not too scientific yet it gives a accurate enough depiction of the monarch butterfly. It presents a great jumping off point for students to continue their research on the subject. I think the greatest value of this book is the large illustrations and the truly capturing narrative of the life of Danaus the monarch butterfly.
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LibraryThing member JenRobYoung
This book was a wonderful nonfiction story about the life of the Monarch Butterfly. I enjoyed that the author wrote in a narrative style using factual information. It was the life through story, but with nonfictional information. It was both a great read and very interesting.
LibraryThing member anneklee
Laurence Pringle personifies the journey of one Monarch butterfuly in this story about the life and death of Danaus. The butterfly starts out as an egg, born in Massachutes, then forms into a chrysalis, caterpiller and finally a beautiful butterfly. We follow her journey to Mexico where she mates,
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then flies back to Texas. The art in this book was amazing, as each page is filled with the colorful details of the Monarch butterfly.
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LibraryThing member lalenaz
This book consists of information about Monarch Butterflies. In the second page of the book the author chose a name for the butterfly, Danaus, which goes through different stages from being an egg to becoming a butterfly. This is a very good strategy for young readers to stay interested. Danaus egg
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was hatched in a hayfield in Massachusetts and in traveling almost twenty-five hundred miles it faced some dangerous situations, for example a cat in the garden attacked it and ripped a part of her hind wing.
This book has good information and drawings in the margins. I learned some information about Monarchs that I didn't know. For example, a Monarch Butterfly gains weight by sipping nectar of the flowers and if the wind agrees with the direction the butterfly goes that means they can save energy.
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LibraryThing member kimity
This information book share the story of the migration of the Monarch butterfly. It reads similiar to a chapter book. The author tells us the lifecycle of the butterfly and their migration. We read how birds try to eat them and the other dangers they face. The images sow us how the caterpillar
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makes a cacoon and tturns int o a butterfly. I fely that this book really keeps the reader engage because of he story. It is just not a bunch of boring facts on a page, instead we are able to go with the butterfly on their adventures.
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LibraryThing member gallenor
I truly enjoyed this book about the life of Danaus the Monarch butterfly. I like how well her life is narrated and could almost see this story coming to life on the big screen narrated by Morgan Freeman or the like. Wonderfully illustrated picture book, educational, and makes readers more aware of
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the issues of conservation and protecting wildlife.
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LibraryThing member JohannaJ
This is a non-fiction book about the Monarch Butterfly. It separates itself from other informational books by having all images drawn. I love that.
LibraryThing member ginarentz
I enjoyed this book even though it kind of dragged a bit. This is a good read for the more experienced reader and could be used as a great tool for the beginnings of a report on the Monarch. The illustrations are very informative and give the reader a better visual on the butterflies markings and
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parts. To me, the best part of the book was the back of the book because it instructs the reader how to raise a Monarch. Super cool to do and probably will try to do this if I ever come across a catepillar. My daughter would love it.
The information on the study of the migration that these creatures perform is amazing and its all inborn---cool stuff.
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LibraryThing member brikayama
What a wonderful resource about monarch butterflies. This very informative book takes the reader along the path traveled by monarch butterflies from the U.S. to Mexico. It has beautiful illustrations that complement the information provided. It evens tells you how to raise your own monarch
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butterflies. I know second graders in my school have a unit in butterflies and this would be a useful and informative book to present to the students.
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LibraryThing member Lib4282012
Laurence Pringle’s main purpose in writing this book is to educate children about the Monarch Butterfly. He also seems to have a strong passion and enthusiasm for the butterfly, and wants to share his knowledge about this beautiful creature. This book contains very interesting facts about the
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Monarch, as well as being extremely thorough in explaining the life cycle and all that it entails. Pringle’s writes also in a way that is easy to follow, and clearly explains step-by-step many different aspects of the Monarch.
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LibraryThing member mroque
Summary: he story begins with the death of a female monarch who has just lain over 400 eggs. It then continues through the development of the caterpillar within the egg and follows it throughout her life, her travels and adventures, and finally her death. This is a wonderfully complete and detailed
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Genre: Informational Book
Review: What I liked most about this book was its colorful illustrations. It gave the story of the journey of the monarch butterfly. I enjoyed this book for the pictures but not for the word. Great book to teach children about the life of a butterfly.
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LibraryThing member adriennelaine
This is a nonfiction book about a Monarch Butterfly, her life, development and death.
LibraryThing member burtmiller
C+ What I liked most about this book was its colorful illustrations. It gave the story of the journey of the monarch butterfly. I enjoyed this book for the pictures but not for the word.
LibraryThing member rwild13
This book gives kids an insight into the complete life of a monarch butterfly through narrative and diagrams. It tells the story of Danaus, a monarch butterfly, from the time she is laid as an egg to when she dies as butterfly who has laid eggs of her own. The book is full of colorful pictures, and
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excellent diagrams and well as captions giving the information on those diagrams. I would probably teach an introduction or ending on butterflies with this book, maybe even the same on insects, and it would be probably be to an older set of students, more 3-8th grade.
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