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The mystery of the monarchs : how kids, teachers, and butterfly fans helped Fred and Norah Urquhart track the great monarch migration / by Barb Rosenstock ; illustrated by Erika Meza.

Rosenstock, Barb, (author.). Meza, Erika, (illustrator.).


"Young Fred Urquhart was fascinated by insects, especially his favorite, the monarch butterfly. He wondered where monarchs spent the winter. No one knew. After he became an entomologist (bug scientist),Fred and his wife, Norah,tagged hundreds of butterflies,hoping to solve the mystery of the monarchs. But they soon discovered that they needed help. They started a "butterfly family," a community of children, teachers, and nature enthusiasts from three countries--Canada, the United States,and Mexico--to answer the question: Where do the monarchs go?" --
"An entomologist and his wife solve the mysteries of monarch butterfly migration with the help of schoolchildren in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, in this colorful picture book based on a true story"-- Provided by publisher

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781984829566
  • ISBN: 1984829564
  • ISBN: 9781984829573
  • ISBN: 1984829572
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2022]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Target Audience Note:
Ages: 4-8.
Grades: PreS-3.
AD760L Lexile
Awards Note:
NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children, 2023.
NSTA Best STEM Book, 2023.
Subject: Urquhart, Fred A. > Juvenile literature.
Urquhart, Fred A > Juvenile literature.
Monarch butterfly > Migration > Juvenile literature.
Entomologists > Canada > Juvenile literature.
Butterflies > Migration > Juvenile literature.
Picture books > Juvenile literature.
Genre: Picture books.
Creative nonfiction.
Informational works.

Available copies

  • 17 of 22 copies available at NC Cardinal. (Show)
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Fontana Regional Library.


  • 1 current hold with 22 total copies.
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Macon County Public Library J595.78 R (Text) 39493109292773 Juvenile Nonfiction Available -
Marianna Black Library J595.78 R (Text) 39493109024572 Juvenile Nonfiction Available -