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An illustrated fable for all ages about a Mexican-American girl who transforms into a monarch butterfly and undertakes the great migration to Mexico, Monarca braids together the values of heritage, ecology, and personal transformation. On her thirteenth birthday, Inés receives a mysterious necklace from her abuela in Mexico that turns her into a monarch butterfly--the fulfi An illustrated fable for all ages about a Mexican-American girl who transforms into a monarch butterfly and undertakes the great migration to Mexico, Monarca braids together the values of heritage, ecology, and personal transformation. On her thirteenth birthday, Inés receives a mysterious necklace from her abuela in Mexico that turns her into a monarch butterfly--the fulfilment of a prophecy linking Inés' destiny to her family's legacy and the butterflies' survival. The adventure continues as Inés joins the monarchs on their long journey south to the butterfly sanctuary in Mexico--an odyssey that has become increasingly perilous due to human activity. Together, the swarm travels from the northeast to the swamps of Louisiana to the pine-filled mountain tops of the western Sierra Madre, finally alighting at the Sierra Chincua sanctuary. On this wondrous journey in the vein of Jonathan Livingston Seagull and The Little Prince, Inés discovers the connections between all living beings, and the urgent need to protect the monarchs' migration and habitats. Divided into four chapters to mirror the four stages in a monarch's life--egg, larva, pupa and butterfly--Monarca blends Mexican folklore, environmentalism, and magical realism in an enchanting novella. Illustrated with stunning full-color drawings by Leopoldo Gout, this book will inspire readers to protect and cherish the sacred natural world around them.


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An illustrated fable for all ages about a Mexican-American girl who transforms into a monarch butterfly and undertakes the great migration to Mexico, Monarca braids together the values of heritage, ecology, and personal transformation. On her thirteenth birthday, Inés receives a mysterious necklace from her abuela in Mexico that turns her into a monarch butterfly--the fulfi An illustrated fable for all ages about a Mexican-American girl who transforms into a monarch butterfly and undertakes the great migration to Mexico, Monarca braids together the values of heritage, ecology, and personal transformation. On her thirteenth birthday, Inés receives a mysterious necklace from her abuela in Mexico that turns her into a monarch butterfly--the fulfilment of a prophecy linking Inés' destiny to her family's legacy and the butterflies' survival. The adventure continues as Inés joins the monarchs on their long journey south to the butterfly sanctuary in Mexico--an odyssey that has become increasingly perilous due to human activity. Together, the swarm travels from the northeast to the swamps of Louisiana to the pine-filled mountain tops of the western Sierra Madre, finally alighting at the Sierra Chincua sanctuary. On this wondrous journey in the vein of Jonathan Livingston Seagull and The Little Prince, Inés discovers the connections between all living beings, and the urgent need to protect the monarchs' migration and habitats. Divided into four chapters to mirror the four stages in a monarch's life--egg, larva, pupa and butterfly--Monarca blends Mexican folklore, environmentalism, and magical realism in an enchanting novella. Illustrated with stunning full-color drawings by Leopoldo Gout, this book will inspire readers to protect and cherish the sacred natural world around them.

30 review for Monarca

  1. 4 out of 5

    Laura Hoffman Brauman

    Monarch is a gorgeously illustrated fable about a 13 year old Mexican-American girl who turns into a Monarch butterfly and joins in the Monarch migration. She doesn’t understand what is going on at first, but ultimately learns that she has an important role to play in her family and community. This fable explores the idea of responsibility - to our family and our environment, the importance of nature and all the ways that we intersect with it, and the idea of legacy for those who come after us. Monarch is a gorgeously illustrated fable about a 13 year old Mexican-American girl who turns into a Monarch butterfly and joins in the Monarch migration. She doesn’t understand what is going on at first, but ultimately learns that she has an important role to play in her family and community. This fable explores the idea of responsibility - to our family and our environment, the importance of nature and all the ways that we intersect with it, and the idea of legacy for those who come after us. While the illustrations are exquisite, there are times that the message of the text felt a bit heavy-handed. The story and illustrations worked so well together, that I didn’t always need the exposition in the narrative - the author had made the point within storytelling and art. That being said, I still really appreciated this reading experience and would recommend picking this up if you are interested in environmental fiction or just want to read a book that is truly a work of art.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Living My Best Book Life

    Monarca is a beautiful and vivid story about monarchs, ecology, heritage, and personal growth. I was blown away by the poetic writing and colorful illustrations. The story follows a young girl Ines who is about to turn thirteen. On her birthday, she receives a necklace from her grandmother and it is supposed to help her on her new journey. It is only a few moments later that she finds out how shocking and unexpected her journey will be. Ines becomes a monarch and has to migrate with the rest of Monarca is a beautiful and vivid story about monarchs, ecology, heritage, and personal growth. I was blown away by the poetic writing and colorful illustrations. The story follows a young girl Ines who is about to turn thirteen. On her birthday, she receives a necklace from her grandmother and it is supposed to help her on her new journey. It is only a few moments later that she finds out how shocking and unexpected her journey will be. Ines becomes a monarch and has to migrate with the rest of the monarchs to a sanctuary in Mexico. As she realizes the beauty of her newfound life it becomes easier to accept her journey. Along with the beauty, she discovers how hard it is for monarchs and butterflies to stay alive. I loved the author's writing along with the bright illustrations. It fit so well and made the book that much more enjoyable. I thought it was genius for the chapters to be the four stages of a monarch's life. It helped bring awareness to how precious these creatures are and how simple things humans do like pesticides or swatting an insect can have such a dramatic ecological effect. On the other hand, the author used these stages of a monarch's life to coincide with a human's growth. So many moments in life are tumultuous and unexpected but learning to stand up for what you believe in makes the journey worth it. I give Monarca 5 stars. This is a compelling book about life, ecology, and heritage. I loved everything about this book! Readers will enjoy the lively illustrations and meaningful words of the story.

  3. 5 out of 5

    M Moore

    I don't know that I've ever read a more beautifully illustrated book! This fable is as educational as it is entertaining. This coming of age story partnered with the honoring of ancient folklore is perfect for any age, but especially middle grade. It would be a great one as a read-a-long with an adult as well. Thanks to Harper One for this #gifted copy. My thoughts are my own. I don't know that I've ever read a more beautifully illustrated book! This fable is as educational as it is entertaining. This coming of age story partnered with the honoring of ancient folklore is perfect for any age, but especially middle grade. It would be a great one as a read-a-long with an adult as well. Thanks to Harper One for this #gifted copy. My thoughts are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tamzen

    Absolutely beautiful book! Come for the story of how a girl becomes a butterfly and saves the day, stay for the gorgeous artwork. Monarca follows Ines is a young Mexican-American girl, who, on her 13th birthday, is transformed into a monarch butterfly and is told that she must complete her migration to save her family. Her growth is described in the four stages of a butterfly's life cycle. It is super informative and teaches a lot while still telling a story. A great pick for a middle-grade read Absolutely beautiful book! Come for the story of how a girl becomes a butterfly and saves the day, stay for the gorgeous artwork. Monarca follows Ines is a young Mexican-American girl, who, on her 13th birthday, is transformed into a monarch butterfly and is told that she must complete her migration to save her family. Her growth is described in the four stages of a butterfly's life cycle. It is super informative and teaches a lot while still telling a story. A great pick for a middle-grade read! Thanks to HarperOne for the free review copy!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Monarca is a unique mix of ecological facts, heritage, and fantasy. The amazing abstract illustrations add to the magical realism feel. While this book is a novel, it blends fiction and nonfiction. It tells the story of Inez, a Mexican-American teenager, who is sent on a mission to save the monarch butterflies. This is a great book for parents to read with their children and is geared more for middle grades and older. I learned so much about monarchs and the challenges they face. I didn't know t Monarca is a unique mix of ecological facts, heritage, and fantasy. The amazing abstract illustrations add to the magical realism feel. While this book is a novel, it blends fiction and nonfiction. It tells the story of Inez, a Mexican-American teenager, who is sent on a mission to save the monarch butterflies. This is a great book for parents to read with their children and is geared more for middle grades and older. I learned so much about monarchs and the challenges they face. I didn't know that their numbers are small enough now that they could be considered an endangered species. While the story is good on it's own, the final section shares simple and practical ways to help sustain and increase the monarch butterfly population. Here are 3 easy things you can do: 1-Plant milkweed and native wildflowers in your community. 2-Sign an online petition to have monarch butterflies added to the endangered species list. 3- Only buy organic, free-trade avocados. Thank you so much @harperonebooks for sending me this gorgeous book and the opportunity to read an review it. Monarca is available now!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sally Cardella

    If I could give this book 10 stars I would! This is a beautifully written and illustrated story! This book will resonate with me for a long time. I highly recommend this outstanding work. The artwork alone is stunning-Let alone the folklore and information regarding Monarch Butterflies.

  7. 5 out of 5

    LINDA

    A beautiful experience, immerse yourself in this story of ecology and wonder. The text mingles with vibrant evocative art.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Akbar

    Absolutely fantastic. I'm going to save an extra copy just to give to whatever pre-teen comes into my life. Multicultural, scientific, empathetic, inspiring, mind expanding, and soul expanding. This book could have done about half of what it manages and still be great. It's a marvel, and I'm appalled that it's not getting the attention it deserves. This is the kind of radical storytelling we need to give our kids while we still have time to make things right. Absolutely fantastic. I'm going to save an extra copy just to give to whatever pre-teen comes into my life. Multicultural, scientific, empathetic, inspiring, mind expanding, and soul expanding. This book could have done about half of what it manages and still be great. It's a marvel, and I'm appalled that it's not getting the attention it deserves. This is the kind of radical storytelling we need to give our kids while we still have time to make things right.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Deeply beautiful and moving! I received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. It is richly illustrated and beautifully written work whose message us central to the future of all species. This book should be in all schools and libraries!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    A little slow moving, but I liked the way the author broke it up into stages of development and defined each stage as part of human development. Also so interesting to know more about the Monarch butterfly and ways to help them survive.

  11. 5 out of 5

    WJ

    Beautiful illustrations and story, though a bit sentimental. Community and conservation intertwined in a magical book. I highly recommend, especially for preteens.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amanda [Novel Addiction]

    The illustrations in this are absolutely stunning. I wish I could have spent more time with the pictures.

  13. 4 out of 5

    dana

  14. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

  15. 5 out of 5

    Fern

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kacy Smith Paterson

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ann

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alissa

  19. 5 out of 5

    Linda

  20. 5 out of 5

    Diana Faulkner

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lupita Reads

  22. 5 out of 5

    Christine

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anna Voskuil

  25. 4 out of 5

    Molly Hoffman

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hiraeth

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lara

  28. 4 out of 5

    ROSARIO GONZALEZ MARTINEZ

  29. 5 out of 5

    Erin Swanson

  30. 4 out of 5

    Linda

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