A story about the most amazing migration on Earth and how one generation can inspire the next.
Illustrated by Parker Woods Montessori elementary school.
Synopsis: Every year the monarch butterflies undertake the most amazing migration on Earth. Over the course of four generations, they travel from Canada to Mexico and back. This is an educational story about their challenging journey and the inspirational story of how one generation can inspire the next to make the world a better place.
UPDATE: This might be my biggest project and best book so far!
More about this book: This book is full of rich, conceptual drawings, that compliment a story that grew and grew as the students continued to inspire me to write new pages to match their wonderful drawings. It is a particular important book, I’m glad to see that being green is a topic that finally has finally reached critical mass in the mainstream consciousness. And Mirabella the Monarch illustrates many subjects from metamorphosis to migration to a passion for making the world a better place.
The mission of the Montessori schools is: “Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. In Montessori classrooms children make creative choices in their learning, while the classroom and the teacher offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process.” Therefore this project gave the students the opportunity to apply these principals to their learning and everyday life—literally creating a dream and turning it into a reality. This project also sowed a lot of collateral creations, such as: place and character naming contest, butterfly gardens, musical theme songs for the characters in the book, the class photo pictured above, illustrator book signing, reading month, mosaic tile wall, Glow Show black light art display, and best of all a giant book celebration where the student illustrators signed their page for all the staff, students and community members. It was incredible.
Read about the step-by-step creation of this book. Below are some sample pages.
Below is the Challenges page, activities to encourage interacting with the book and educational material. The book also includes a page to draw your own picture and another to create your own caption.
Please support the project. Buy a book now or make a donation. We donated 559 books and it still wasn’t enough; it didn’t include teachers, parents, volunteers or community leaders. More info.
Acknowledgements: Thanks to the 559 students and their parents. Thanks to the staff of Parker Woods Montessori; in particular, principal Whitney Simmons for her commitment to educating not only students but staff and parents, the art teacher Suzanne Nall for her artistic vision that is apparent in every illustration, PTO member and project coordinator Nuria Lopez, who’s desire to make the world a better place for our children fueled every step, dedicated parent Allyson Stone-Weil for the bookmarks and helping whenever needed, teacher Beth Schlick for organizing the celebration events, and Jodi Weber for writing the grant. And thanks to the dozens of other volunteers that supported the project at each step. Hopefully, I honored everyone along the way.