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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids learn about the butterfly life cycle and the monarch butterfly's annual migration: facts, their journey south, their role in pollination, their struggles, and the importance of protecting our planet.
Illustrations and author's note offer strong messages about the importance of caring for our planet and protecting the monarchs and their habitat.
Positive Role Models
Illustrations depict children caring for monarchs and taking part in conservation.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Señorita Mariposa, by Ben Gundersheimer, is a wonderful story about a monarch butterfly whose extraordinary 3,000-mile journey spans the United States, Mexico, and Canada. This captivating and colorful book is beautifully illustrated by Marcos Almada Rivero. It introduces kids to the butterfly life cycle, explains the annual migration of monarch butterflies, and fosters consciousness about the importance of protecting our planet. This bilingual book includes rhyming text in child-friendly fonts that make it easy to follow and easy for kids to read.
Señorita Mariposa was originally a bilingual song by Ben Gundersheimer (also known as Mister G, a Latin GRAMMY award winning children's musician, activist, and teaching artist) and part of his Mariposa Project. It was later turned into a children's book and released in conjunction with Gundersheimer's 11th album, "Beyond Borders." His spirited bilingual performances aim to dissolve borders and foster cross cultural connections. You can learn more at the mistergsongs.com website.
Is It Any Good?
This poetic bilingual story beautifully captures the journey of a monarch butterfly and shows the hardships it endures during its lifetime. Author Ben Gundersheimer's use of short rhyming sentences, and easy-to-read fonts makes this an engaging text for young readers. Señorita Mariposa is an excellent story to read with kids as an introduction to the migration of monarch butterflies and conservation. And it's a great story to share in two languages, as you can easily take turns reading with your kid in English and Spanish.
Author Ben Gundersheimer's text that reads like a love poem of admiration and respect for the millions of monarch butterflies that make this annual trek south. Almada Rivero's warm illustrations showcase all the beautiful places a monarch butterfly will travel during its 3,000 mile journey -- "over mountains capped with snow, to the deserts down below."
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