Traveling Butterflies

Susumu Shingu

Monarch butterfly migration is one of nature’s great mysteries. How do monarchs manage to fly some 2,500 miles from Canada and the northern United States south to Mexico? How do they trace a route they’ve never flown and reach the same destination their ancestors once found?

Traveling Butterflies indulges the awe these creatures inspire by taking a poetic, meditative look at the monarch’s life cycle. In a lyrical voice that seamlessly blends fact and storytelling, the book zooms in to show a monarch’s progression from an egg the size of a dewdrop through growth, metamorphosis and preparation for their journey south.

Rich illustrations in a vibrant color palette bring the butterflies to life and depict the rural and urban landscapes through which they fly. Rounded out with a page of factual text about monarchs and their migration, this informational picture book will leave readers equal parts informed and entranced.

Susumu Shingu
Regular price $19.95 CAD
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SKU: 195899n0nn1nWWW | ISBN: 9781771471480

"Combining the precision of science with the grace of poetry and lovely illustrations, this book is natural for budding [ento]mologists." - Kirkus Reviews

"Shingu's economical yet poetic language is well-suited to the sparseness of his images." - Publisher's Weekly

"Expressive text...Shingu provides lush, bold illustrations...a brief, but useful introduction to butterfly ecology." - School Library Journal

"Beautiful." - Booklist

"At once poetic and informative...perfectly suited for shared reading." - The Horn Book Inc.

"An enjoyable read for those intrigued by the impressive travels of a delicate insect. Highly recommended." - Canadian Review of Mateials

"Descriptive language and colorful illustrations make this an enjoyable, short read. Recommended." - School Library Connection

"Beautifully written and read this book like a song." - Resource Links

A Junior Library Guild selection, 2015

Pennsylvania Center for the Book's A Baker's Dozen: The Best Children's Books for Family Literacy selection, 2016

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Publication date

September 15, 2015

Number of pages



Life Systems; Needs and Characteristics of Living Things; Growth and Changes in Animals

Lexile® Level


Interest age

From 4 to 8