Uncle Monarch (Hardcover)

By Judy Goldman, Rene King Moreno (Illustrator)

Boyds Mills Press, 9781590784259, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2008

List Price: 16.95*
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A family celebrates Día de Muertos, a holiday for remembering those who have passed. When the monarch butterflies return to her Mexican countryside, Lupita knows that Día de Muertos, "the Day of the Dead," is near. She and her favorite uncle watch the butterflies flutter in the trees. When a butterfly lands on Lupita's hand, her uncle reminds her that she should never hurt a monarch because they are believed to be the souls of the departed. Lupita and her family get ready for the holiday. When the first of November arrives, the family will go to the cemetery to honor the memories of their loved ones. But this year is different—Lupita's uncle cannot join them. Now, Lupita learns the true meaning of the celebration.

About the Author

Judy Goldman was born and lives in Mexico City. Brought up bilingual, she has published eighteen books in Spanish. Her folktales have appeared in Spider and Highlights for Children magazines, and she has written academic and newspaper articles about children's literature. She is the regional adviser of the SCBWI in Mexico.

Rene King Moreno was born in North Carolina and grew up in Indiana. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is the illustrator of Under the Lemon Moon by Edith Hope Fine and Fiesta! and Siesta, both by Ginger Foglesong Guy. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Praise For Uncle Monarch

"Multicultural customs and monarch butterflies are favorite subjects in classrooms, and this offering nicely combines the two. (glossary, note)" --Kirkus Reviews

"A quality story. . . . What a great story to use in a science study of life cycles: in this case, butterflies, where they end their journey and what happens when they get there." --Library Media Connection