professornana (professornana) wrote,

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knocking them off the stack

All the bookcases in the house are bare. It is an eerie look, I'll admit. However, the remodeling will commence tomorrow and so everything that can be moved has been moved. All that remains is packing up the family and taking shelter in the hotel next week so workpeople can move freely about the house. We still have a few more weeks of this, but I plan to be out of town for much of it. In any event, I am trying to read as many of the short books as I can before they are packed away in the car.

Helen Frost's lyrical text and Leonid Gore's illustrations are a perfect combination in MONARCH AND MILKWEED. The monarch and the milkweed plant share a special relationship and that is mirrored in this beautiful picture book. Gore's paintings are acrylic and pastels and that combination makes the drawings appear almost as if milkweed pods are floating in front of of the pictures. Frost is, as always, eloquent in her descriptions of the migration of the monarch butterflies. Here is an excellent work that combines factual knowledge in a book that is more story than simple reporting of facts.

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