Butterfly Tree

Butterfly Tree One late afternoon in early September Jilly sees something It looks like it s raining black pepper from a clear blue sky Then the black rain becomes a wispy mist And then a spooky orange cloud What c

  • Title: Butterfly Tree
  • Author: Sandra Markle Leslie Wu
  • ISBN: 9781561455393
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One late afternoon in early September, Jilly sees something It looks like it s raining black pepper from a clear blue sky Then the black rain becomes a wispy mist And then a spooky orange cloud What can it be Jilly and Mom set out to identify the mysterious orange cloud The closer they get, the Jilly s guesses change Gradually, the hidden world of nature opensOne late afternoon in early September, Jilly sees something It looks like it s raining black pepper from a clear blue sky Then the black rain becomes a wispy mist And then a spooky orange cloud What can it be Jilly and Mom set out to identify the mysterious orange cloud The closer they get, the Jilly s guesses change Gradually, the hidden world of nature opens to mother and daughter This imaginative description of Monarch butterfly migration reminds us that a loving parent can empower a child to discover the mysteries of the natural world and to enjoy that discovery again and again Because when you re making a memory, you want it to last as long as possible.Book Details Format HardcoverPublication Date 9 1 2011Pages 32Reading Level Age 8 and Up

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    1. "We walk slow.We're in no hurry now.When you're making a memory,you want it to last as long as possible."Nature can surprise you, as this young girl describes. First, she thinks the cloud means trouble a storm? a faraway fire? As she runs to her mother and describes what she has seen, her mother takes her back toward the cloud. "I'm not sure I want to. But I follow her up the sandy bank and into the woods." Quietly, they observe the beautiful surprise: "an explosion of golden-orange bits fills [...]

    2. This is a great book for kids 5 years and older. The illustrations are wonderful and the story is very touching. It is also a great book to read if your child is interested in nature, particularly butterflies.

    3. A girl is playing at the beach in early September when she sees something odd in the air. At first it looks like black pepper raining down, then it turns into a shimmering orange cloud. Jilly runs to get her mother because she is scared of what it might be. Her mother heads toward the beach and then to the neighboring woods. As they walk, Jilly tries to figure out what the cloud might be. As they enter the dim, cool woods she tries to spot orange things. She sees an oriole and a kite, and then a [...]

    4. This book is about Jilly seeing something orange in the sky but isnt sure what it is. Speculating on what it could be makes her suspicious so she gets her mom to see if she knows what the orange cloud could be. They decide to set out to see what it might be. Going through the woods Jilly trys to find orange things and what it might be then she gazes up and sees a beautiful orange monarch butterfly and then thousands more. Great book and one i will purchase. This books very accurate and authentic [...]

    5. Mommy's review from 11/21/11 - I didn't care for the beginning much but about halfway through, about when the girl realized she was looking at Monarchs, I started getting into it.Julia was into it from the beginning but it was the sci-fi feel for her, wondering what it was the girl saw in the skyOnce we did realize what was in the forest Julia was still enjoying the story but for a different reason of course. The illustrations were somewhat weird for me, some I liked a lot, some I didn't like at [...]

    6. Butterfly Tree by Sandra Markle and illustrated by Leslie Wu is a picture book for readers of many ages. It's about a girl and her mother finding a swarm of monarch butterflies on their migration south for the winter. The story is told using rich imagery. And it's the rich imagery which makes this picture book a perfect choice for children learning to use imagery in their writing. Third, fourth and fifth graders will be able to learn from the metaphor and description found on every page of the b [...]

    7. As the family is packing up to leave the beach, Jilly sees something strange, and her mother decides to find out what it is. At first, Jilly is sure the orangish cloud she has spied is an alien or a dragon's breath, but as the two of them grow closer, she realizes that it is a cloud of migrating monarch butterflies on their way home. Seeing all of those beautiful insects is a precious memory that mother and daughter will share. Additional information describes the author's own childhood experien [...]

    8. A girl, her dog, and her mom see what looks like an orange cloud in the distance, so they set out to find out what it is. When they arrive at the cloud, they discover that it is not a cloud at all, but thousands and thousands of butterflies.Beautiful double-page paintings combined with poetic text make this a lovely book.“An explosion of golden-orange bits fills the sunlight streaming between branches.Wow! I exclaim. They’re not leaves. They’re butterflies. Monarch butterflies, Mom says.Th [...]

    9. Neat story about a mother and daughter experiencing the wonder of Monarch butterfly migration together on the shore of Lake Erie and in the woods nearby. Information about the migration routes and Monarchs, as well as direction to further resources, is included at the end, as well as the author's own experiences seeing the Monarchs arrive at the lake.I love this quote at the end of the story--"We walk slowly. We're in no hurry now. When you're making a memory, you want it to last as long as poss [...]

    10. 3.75This book is very interesting! I learned that monarch butterflies all fly alone, but they migrate through the same areas so they tend to stop at the same places so they all come together in a large swarm on their way to Mexico.The wording is great and a nice story. Picture are nice but I like I am looking through the wrong fuzzy prescription glasses or bug spattered windshield. Don't know what the point of that is, maybe to be more mystical? Overall I enjoyed it! I love the author's note in [...]

    11. At first sight I loved this book. Illustrator Leslie Wu style stands out. She has painted for three children's books. Her pictures illustrate the story wonderfully. The story is about a little girl and her dog. Wu paints a beautiful beach picture and in the sky is a orange cloud that the little girl thinks looks like an alien spaceship. Each pages has a focal point that the little girl is talking about. In one page this is a tree and in another it is a bird. I think children would really be take [...]

    12. Oh, this is a lovely, lovely book. It captures the magical moment when a child becomes one with the natural world, and it is illustrated in a lyrical and evocative style. This one made me cry- it conjured up my childhood with a startling immediacy. I was something of a Monarch aficionado as a child, and this book spoke to me on many levels. Highly recommended for those in love with the world of magical insects.

    13. This book is about a little girl playing on a beach and sees a dark cloud. She runs to get her mother and they discover it is thousands of monarch butterflies. The paintings depict actual colors of monarch butterflies. It even has a map that shows the travel route butterflies use. It gives accurate information on the migration of butterflies. I would use this book to talk about migration and working with maps. The pictures are a beautiful way of portraying these amazing creatures.

    14. After reading the Butterfly Tree, I just wanted to check the sky This books has many curriculum connections; small moments writing ideas, migration, Monarch Butterflies, and mapping. Includes additional titles and websites for more information on Monach Butterflies. Great fiction title to pair with non-fiction text. PK

    15. After reading the Butterfly Tree, I just wanted to check the sky This book has many curriculum connections; small moments writing ideas, migration, Monarch Butterflies, and mapping. Includes additional titles and websites for info on Monarch Butterflies. Great fiction title to pair with non-fiction text.

    16. I was surprised to learn of the possibility of observing large groupings of Monarchs outside of their wintering locations significantly further south then along the coast of Lake Erie. I would be curious to know the likelihood of actually finding a butterfly tree so far north, even if the butterflies were resting en route to their winter homes further south.

    17. Finally! Read April 1stbut have been meaning to read for quite some time! Beautiful book. Muted pastel illustrations with fitting color tones. Author's note shares information about monarch butterfly migration. Great for connecting art, literature and science! I wish I could catch a glimpse of butterflies migrating some day!

    18. A great mix of storytelling plus some wonderful facts about butterflies; specifically, the monarch butterfly. And the illustrations were stunning. The artist used pastels to beautiful effect. I could have stared at them for hours.

    19. I think this could be an introduction to a project with a class someday. Monarchs butterflies have always been one of my favorite butterflies when I was younger; I used to read about them all the time. I may try to plant flowers to attract some with a class.

    20. An interesting take on the migration of Monarch butterflies. Especially enjoyed the author notes and factual information includeds well as a touching & beautifully illustrated picture book and a nonfiction book on butterflies & migration.

    21. A young girl discovers and explores a cloud of migrating monarch butterflies. The illustrations were kind of dark but capture the feeling of confusion and wonder in the text.Recommend to 5th grade for part of personal narrative unit.

    22. This is a cute book that I can use for telling small moment stories in my classroom. Love that there is info in the back on Monarchs and their travels!

    23. Beautiful book, beautiful story, wish the language was bit more poetic to match the story. LOVED the artwork!

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