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NEW Book!


An Extraordinary Life: The Story of a Monarch Butterfly

by Laurence Pringle


Orchard (1997)

Available in paperback only through

The Scholastic Teacher Store

ISBN13: 9780439288668



The migration of the monarch butterfly is one of the most extraordinary phenomena in all of nature. And the miraculous metamorphosis of the monarch, from pinhead-sized egg to dazzlingly graceful butterfly, is just as breathtaking. In rich language and exquisite full paintings, award winning author Laurence Pringle and acclaimed artist Bob Marstall personalize the eventful cycle of a monarch in this elegant, informative new book. This intimate exploration takes young readers on a gripping adventure with young Danaus, who begins her life as a tiny caterpillar in a Massachusetts hayfield, evolves into the majestic monarch, and takes flight on a 2,000 mile perilous pilgrimage to Mexico.


  • NCTE Orbis Picture Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children
  • An ALA Notable Book
  • Selected as one of the "1001 Best Books of the 20th Century" in the NY Times Parent's Guide to the Best Books for Children
  • IRA Teacher's Choice
  • John Burroughs List of Nature Books for Young Readers
  • NY Public Library 100 Best Children’s Books for 1997
  • NY Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

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