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Hurry and the Monarch by Antoine O Flatharta

Hurry and the Monarch

by Antoine O Flatharta

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Tells the tale of the journey of the monarch butterfly and is contrasted to the life of the tortoise. Facts about monarch butterflies at the end of the book. ( )
  jenscypinski | May 20, 2010 |
A migrating monarch lights on a tortoise’s back for a brief conversation, resumes her long journey to Mexico, returns to the tortoise’s garden the next Spring, and continues on to a final rest as the eggs she leaves behind hatch and grow to maturity before the tortoise’s eyes. With So’s delicately brushed illustrations capturing both the lacy energy of the butterflies and the ironically named tortoise’s slow, wrinkled dignity, this brief set of encounters will leave readers contemplating the contrast between the long seasonal rhythms of the tortoise’s world and the much quicker—also more eventful—life a monarch knows. Pair it with Sam Swopes’s equally captivating Gotta Go! Gotta Go! (2000) for a thought-provoking alternative to the fluttering hordes of conventional nonfiction on monarchs. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-8)
A kaleidoscope of butterflies swarming across the jacket invites readers into this fictionalized account of one monarch completing her life cycle. On her way from Canada to Mexico, the monarch stops in Wichita Falls, Texas, meeting Hurry the tortoise in his garden. The two briefly discuss their winter plans--his to sleep, hers to continue traveling to Mexico. They meet again in the spring, when she returns to lay her eggs and die. Hurry, however, is privy to the continuing cycle as he watches a caterpillar eat, spin its cocoon, and emerge as a male monarch who will begin the return trip to Canada. An afterword, successfully addressing the target audience, provides an expository discussion of the monarch's migration--including the fact that it's actually the original monarch's "great-great-great-grandchild" that will eventually reach Canada. Ó Flatharta takes a small literary license (while Wichita Falls is home to many box turtles, the Texas Tortoise lives far to the south) but does so within an accessible story that allows young children a glimpse into the monarch's amazing saga. So's watercolor palette explodes with color, emphasizing the orange and black vibrancy of the butterflies, the crisp greens of the Mexican forests, and the burst of spring in Texas.
added by ReneHohls | editHorn Book Magazine, May/June 2005, Vol. 81 Issue 3, p311, Betty Carter
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When the beautiful orange Monarch on her fall migration route from Canada to Mexico stops to rest at Wichita Falls, Texas, she makes friends with an old tortoise called Hurry. She tells him, "Maybe one day you'll break out of that shell, grow wings, and fly away," and then she is off again with millions of other Monarchs. In the spring, she stops again at Hurry's garden just long enough to lay her eggs and head north to Canada. Embedded in this lyrical and tender fictional presentation are the fascinating facts about the amazing 2,000-mile migration and the life cycle of butterflies. An afterword provides additional scientific data.

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Hurry the tortoise befriends a monarch butterfly when she stops in his garden in Wichita Falls, Texas, during her migration from Canada to Mexico. Includes facts about monarch butterflies.

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