Carol Pasternak is a photographer, personal trainer and educator who raises Monarch butterflies with her family in Toronto.
A book for children to learn about monarch butterflies, their lifecycle and the benefits of monarch butterflies to the environment. Includes step-by-step instructions for raising your own crop of butterflies in your home. Great for nature lovers young and old alike.--Mari Farthing"Metro Family Magazine (Oklahoma)" (05/01/2012) A step-by-step guide for children who are interested in the natural world. The book contains beautiful photographs illustrating the various stages of butterfly development. It is written in kid-friendly language and best of all, helps to enlarge the monarch population in your area. The book tells where to look for monarch eggs or larvae and how to care for and cultivate this magnificent insect.--Kim Haworth"National Gardening Association" (04/19/2012) This guide for raising monarch butterflies gives clear directions accompanied by good, helpful, and beautiful photographs.... The book is well written, well illustrated, and very inviting. Readers will certainly want to try rearing monarchs after reading it. It is simple enough for young children, but not too simple for interested adults. Thus, the book should find a wide audience. I would recommend it for classrooms, libraries, and the general reader.--Linda Wiener, St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM"Science Books and Films" (05/01/2012) Pasternak has written a clear, practical and family-friendly guide to raising butterflies, which includes plenty of compelling scientific information along the way and ends by explaining what we can do to save their habitat.--Julie Eilperin"Washington Post" (05/01/2012) An incredibly satisfying family activity that can encourage youngsters to look at nature with inquisitive, open eyes, raising monarch butterflies is an easy, outdoor pursuit. Pasternak's approachable book will certainly help families be rewarded with the wonder of metamorphosis.--Lee Littlewood"Waste Management World" (04/22/2012) Written in kid-friendly language.... The photography is outstanding. Parents and grandparents looking for something to do with the kids this summer should consider this great backyard project. Incredibly detailed, Pasternak's guide also spills with facts, close-ups and great websites to scour.--Jon Fear"Waterloo Region Record" (06/30/2012) Trust me -- this is one of those books that belongs in every school and public library.--Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan"Bookends: A Booklist Online Blog" (10/08/2012) An exquisite step-by-step guide... This book is the perfect summer companion for a young nature enthusiast!--Amanda Cannon"Canadian Children's Book News" (06/01/2012) Parents and grandparents looking for something to do with the kids this summer should consider this great backyard project.--Brenda Hoerle"Guelph Mercury" (06/29/2012) Spectacular photographs add much to this informative text... a valuable addition to an elementary school library.--Carolyn Cutt"Resource Links, Vol. 17 No. 5" (10/01/2012) It's the perfect step-by-step guide for children.--Nancy Harper"Waterloo Region-Record" (06/30/2012) A monarch enthusiast, Pasternak clearly wants to encourage readers to develop their own fascination through experience and further education.--Sacha Vignieri"Science Magazine" (12/07/2012) Toronto author Carol Pasternak's love of monarch butterflies inspired this step-by-step guide for children. Written in kid-friendly language, it encourages youngsters six and up to help boost declining monarch populations by raising butterflies from eggs or caterpillars collected from roadsides and fields. The photography is outstanding. Incredibly detailed, Pasternak's guide also spills with facts, close-up photos and links to great websites.--Brenda Hoerle"Waterloo Region-Record" (12/22/2012) One of the most remarkable changes in nature is how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, and this book, filled with beautiful photographs, tells kids how that change takes place and why it's so important for the environment. The book's easy-to-follow instructions, from finding caterpillars or monarch eggs to caring for them, will inspire you.--Tracy Grant"Washington Post" (04/01/2013) Pasternak's clear explanations for each stage of raising a monarch are paired with rich, colourful photographs that make you want to run outside and explore. This text is simple enough for 8-year-olds and engaging enough for teenagers; self-contained enough to support a brand new enthusiast and detailed enough to include interesting facts for an experienced butterfly raiser. And both bug enthusiasts and avoiders will find the step-by-step instructions easy to follow for your month long journey. Also, there are suggestions of organizations or web links to go to for further information. A great resource for teachers and an engaging classroom library addition.--Amanda Forbes"Canadian Teacher" (10/01/2014) A perfect gift.--Monica Brandies"Tampa Bay Times" (12/09/2016)