Butterfly Tree by Sandra Markle

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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 more 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.

About Sandra Markle

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Sandra Markle is the author of more than two hundred children's books, which have won numerous awards, including Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, IRA/CBC Children's Choice, NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Books for Children, NCTE Orbis Pictus Recommended, and ALA Notable Books for Children. She lives in New Zealand.Leslie Wu is a fine artist and the illustrator of the New York Times bestseller The Very Best Daddy of All and Bijou, Bonbon, & Beau: The Kittens Who Danced for Degas. She lives in Oregon.
Published September 1, 2011 by Peachtree Publishers. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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A black rain that becomes a mysterious orange cloud over Lake Erie is the beginning for of a magical encounter with monarch butterflies for Jilly, her dog, Fudge, and her mother.

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Markle (Hip-Pocket Papa) introduces monarch migration as a slightly spooky mystery, building tension as a girl, standing on the shore of Lake Erie, witnesses a strange cloud in the sky.

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And it's the rich imagery which makes this picture book a perfect choice for children learning to use imagery in their writing.

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed Jilly is walking the beach with her dog when she looks up in the sky and sees a wispy mist that turns into something orange.

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