Synopses & Reviews
An incredible journey
"I don't know much, but I know what I know. I gotta go! I gotta go! I gotta go to Mexico!" The creepy-crawly bug doesn't know why she does what she does. She only knows she has to do it. But making the journey seems impossible for the slow-moving critter, who has no idea what or where Mexico is. Then an everyday miracle occurs, bringing a transformation that will help her fulfill her destiny. Each autumn, millions of Monarch butterflies migrate from the central and eastern United States and Canada to colonies in the mountains of Mexico, where they mate before flying north in the spring to lay their eggs. In simple, jaunty text and pictures, Sam Swope and Sue Riddle celebrate the amazing story of one of these intrepid bugs.
"'The author suggests the urgency of a caterpillar's mission by treating it as a kind of hardwired biological destiny,' said PW. 'The clarity of the storytelling and artwork match the heroine's determination.' Ages 3-6. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"This small square book dramatizes the astonishing journey of the Monarch butterfly, and the powerful instinct that drives it to fly as much as 3,000 miles from the U.S. to Mexico for the winter . . . Even preschoolers will feel the excitement about this most fragile of creatures that can fly so far and prove so strong." -- Starred, Booklist
"Riddle makes use of vivid, glowing colors to capture the majesty of this perennial favorite on the curriculum circuit." --Kirkus Reviews
"The rhythm and repetition are infectious, making it nearly impossible to keep from chanting along." --The Horn Book
Gotta go to Mexico!
Although she does not know why or how, a small creepy-crawly bug is certain that she must make her way to Mexico.
About the Author
Sam Swope is the author of two previous picture books, The Krazees and The Araboolies of Liberty Street. He lives in New York City. Sue Riddle lives in Providence, Rhode Island. This is his first book.