Janey Monarch Seed is a STEAM picture book with a sweet story of how to save the Monarch butterflies, coupled with science content. (STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art & math)Dana designed this book and created the illustrations with her husband John Orth.
This is a gentle tall tale of a girl determined to make a difference for imperiled Monarch butterflies, by planting seeds of milkweeds from Texas to Quebec. It’s a long, tough journey for Janey Monarch Seed, but one that’s filled with adventure and natural beauty, new friends and big dreams.
Learn & Save the Monarch Butterflies!
Told in simple verse, the story will work as a gentle but lively introduction to monarch biology and ecology, emphasizing habitat needs and our role as active stewards in the natural world. Sidebars add further information and details to engage and expand children’s fascination with butterflies and other pollinators. An afterword completes the story with additional explanation of environmental threats to monarch habitat and suggestions on how to learn more and help them through wildlife-friendly gardening. The afterword also makes explicit for any readers who didn’t recognize it already that Janey’s story parallels that of a true American folk hero, Johnny Appleseed.
The importance of protecting and restoring milkweed for monarch habitat is recognized by a coalition of government agencies and nonprofit groups that can all be considered potential markets for Janey’s story (http://monarchjointventure.org/about-us/partners/Monarch).
Author; Julie Dunlap is an award-winning author or co-author of several children’s books, and co-editor of two nature anthologies, Coming of Age at the End of Nature and Companions in Wonder: Children and Adults Exploring Nature Together. Check out Dana’s other picture books!
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