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Winged Wonders

Solving the Monarch Migration Mystery

Selected for The Original Art 2020 at the Society of Illustrators

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Dewey 595.78/91568
Lexile 1460
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level P
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781534110403), PDF (9781534166752), Hosted ebook (9781534166899)
Copyright 2020
Number of Pages 40
Dimensions 9 x 11
Graphics Full-color illustrations
  • The Original Art - Society of Illustrator's, 2020
  • Best of 2020 Picture Book New Releases - Innovative Nonfiction Category, Winner, 2020
  • CRA EUREKA 2020 Excellence in Nonfiction Awards - Gold Winner, Commended, 2020
  • EUREKA Excellence in Nonfiction Awards , Commended, 2020
  • AAAS/Subaru American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru, Short-listed, 2020

School Library Journal - Winged Wonders: Solving the Monarch Migration Mystery

Gr 2-4–Pincus explains, in somewhat lyrical (but not rhyming) text, the great annual migration of millions of monarch butterflies from southern Canada through the central United States and high into Mexico’s volcanic mountains. The butterflies settle in the groves of oyamel trees where the winter breeding cycle takes place. The text mentions the people who studied the monarch’s migration path: Dr. Fred Urquhart, a Canadian zoologist who spent 30 years tracking them and experimenting with tagging them; Fred’s wife Norah, who advertised for volunteer “citizen scientists” to help tag monarchs in their hometowns and track them; Ken, an adventurer; his wife Catalina, a central Mexican native who kept 40 notebooks of monarch facts and led her husband to an oyamel grove filled with the beautiful orange-and-black insects; and Jim, the American science teacher who caught and tagged a monarch in a Minnesota field that Fred later found among a cloud of monarchs in a Mexican oyamel grove in 1976. This tagging process is still carried on today by organizations such as Monarch Watch, Monarch Joint Venture, and Journey North, and along with planting milkweed and abstaining from using chemical sprays, it can help monarchs survive. Bright cartoon-style illustrations in oranges, greens, and black highlight realistic butterflies and countryside foliage. VERDICT This book offers solid information about monarch butterflies and good ideas for classroom projects.

Kirkus Reviews - Winged Wonders: Solving the Monarch Migration Mystery

Starred Review!
The butterflies flutter gracefully over almost every page, sometimes singly and sometimes in joyous festoons. The backmatter gives a more detailed history and suggested projects to help sustain the majestic monarchs.

Monarch Butterfly Migration--Grab and Go Educational Bundle activities

Less than 50 years ago, the discovery of the monarch butterfly’s migration route was made. The book, Winged Wonders: Solving the Monarch Migration Mystery, tells the story of all those who worked to reveal the migration path of monarch butterflies. Mr. McGinty’s Monarchs is the fictional… View »

Winged Wonders: Solving the Monarch Migration Mystery - Activity Sheet

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Author: Meeg Pincus

Meeg Pincus is a children’s author, humane educator, and speaker who loves celebrating and telling stories about real "solutionaries" who help people, animals, and the planet. She is a lifelong writer and has been a newspaper reporter, book editor, and essayist--but writing children's books is her favorite. It was as a newspaper reporter over 20 years ago that Meeg had the honor of meeting Miep Gies in person. She lives in San Diego, California.

Illustrator: Yas Imamura

Yas Imamura is an illustrator, graphic designer, and owner of the stationary company Quill & Fox. She grew up in Manila, Philippines, and now lives in Portland, Oregon.

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