The Make-A-Book Project begins at Parker Woods Montessori
I’m excited to announce that the new book will be about the monarch butterfly, which is truly one of the most amazing animals (insects are animals, too) on the planet. The monarch butterfly migrates from Canada to Mexico. It takes 4 generations to fly there and back. As far as I know, it is the only animal on the planet that takes multiple generations to complete a migration. Imagine that your great grand children finishing what you started. Like many animals these days, the monarch faces many challenges as its breeding grounds and food sources are being destroyed. (Another favorite insect of mine, the honeybee, was recently put on the endangered species list.) So, I hope that when this book is finished the story of the monarch butterfly will be spread far and wide to help preserve this species.
If you were a caterpillar born in Cincinnati, how would you know whether to fly north to Canada or South to Mexico?
As the author-in-residence, I introduced myself to over 500 students by giving a talk about my bicycle trip around the world. I love surprising the kids by riding my bicycle into the school gym. Then we began the Make-A-Book Project with a new Character Creation Contest inspired by Ms Nuria Lopez. This is a new step in how the book is made to help get even more students involved and credited. Now the challenge is to sort through all the ballots and choose the best characters and write them into the new book. Here is an example of one ballot:
• A frog (butterfly eater!)
Name an object that a butterfly is likely to encounter:
• A Mexican flower.
Name a creature or object that a butterfly is NOT likely to encounter:
• A bear.
If you were a butterfly, where would you fly?
• All over the world to meet different creatures!
I’d love to use all those ideas, but imagine that I have 500 more just like this! The next step will be to the name the characters. And then begin the illustrations, which will be led by the art teacher Ms Suzanne Nall, who has already begun teaching the kids how this a type of shorthand for storytelling rather than a fine art.