About the book
The Fantastic Travels of William and the Monarch Butterfly, Christina Steiner’s newest children book with illustrations from Mary Manning, focuses on the incredible life of the fourth generation, eastern Monarch butterfly. Steiner’s chapter book, a fantasy story, offers a look into the lives of Monarch butterflies through the eyes of William.
When William captures a butterfly for a show-and-tell at his school, he has no idea how special his trophy will become. Much to his surprise, the captive girl butterfly, Anka, is able to speak. With a sad, trembling voice, Anka, pleads for freedom so she may fulfill her life destiny. Worried to show up at school empty handed, William resists her pleas. But clever Anka bargains for her freedom by enticing William to accompany her as a passenger on a fantastic journey. There is one catch, though: William has to shrink in size and become a miniature boy in order to ride on Anka’s back. William faces a dilemma. Should he set Anka free and show up at school empty handed? Or should he join this girl butterfly on an adventure to an unknown destination?
Intrigued, he agrees to join Anka on her special trip. Whisked away on the wings of a butterfly, a whole new world unfolds for William. Together, he and Anka soar south-southwest from North Dakota to the Oyamel fir forests in central Mexico. A strong friendship develops as they depend on each other for survival. They stay for five month at their destination high up in the mountains of central Mexico – the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.
There, William learns much about Monarch butterflies, about survival, and about himself. But most notably, it is during their return travels in the spring that the true purpose for Anka’s urgency for freedom reveals itself. It is then that William personally witnesses nearly the full life-cycle of Monarch butterflies – from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to stunning Monarch butterfly, the ultimate tale of the circle of life.
Two of the reviews for the book.
A uniquely told story about a boy and a Monarch butterfly. A story that encompassed nature, friends, adventure, risk, choices, and gave an overview of the cycle of life itself. The illustrations were sweet and colorful. I would have liked more illustrations to enhance the learning for children. The complex weaved itself through fantasy as it revealed facts about the butterfly’s life purpose and journey. The book was easy to follow and understand. Although I realize it was meant to be instructional, somehow I kept wanting it to be more fun. It seemed serious and grownup. Maybe more kid-type dialogue between Anka and William, just a thought. I would recommend this book as a good teaching tool for parents to use with their children.
I loved this story. Christina Steiner’s smooth writing style combined with the storyline took me to a peaceful place. The story is about a young boy named William saving and then going on a journey with his new found friend Anka the Monarch Butterfly. Steiner’s prose makes you feel as though you are riding the butterfly too. Kids will love learning about the Monarch Butterfly’s life-cycle and the magical places they travel through this fictional story. Steiner intertwines biological science so creatively kids will not know what hit them.
Personally, this was the perfect read for me as I am currently dealing with health issues. So many of the images toward the end of the book ironically put things in perspective for me. Sometimes we have to be reminded that as we age our body (wings) start to break down as we move closer toward our ultimate destiny.
This book is amazing and I look forward to reading more books by Christina Steiner.
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About Christina Steiner
I love nature and have a passion for horses and dogs.
As the youngest of five children, I learned from observing my brothers and sister. We grew up in central Switzerland in a relatively small town where most families knew each other. This way of life kept us all on the straight, should we misstep our parents were informed before we even made our way home.
At an early age I read any book the local library had to offer. The stories provided endless entertainment, pleasure and knowledge. (We didn’t have a television until I turned sixteen years old.)
The different cultures and descriptions of places by many writers made me want to travel and experience first hand what the world is about.
In the mid twenties I made California, Southern California my home and raised two daughters.
I’m an avid reader, I can submerge myself into a good story and forget about most anything, except my horse and my dogs. My home now is in Ventura, California, where I write and ride and hike and help my partner make wine and raise Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. I do have my own dog, a big, fluffy Hungarian Kuvasz named Sentry
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