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“Winged Wonders: Solving the Monarch Butterfly Migration Mystery”

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Written by Meeg Pincus and illustrate­d by Yasmin Imamura Sleeping Bear Press; 40 pages; $17.99; ages 7-10

Each year like clockwork, monarch butterflie­s appear and disappear along the same path from southern Canada to central Mexico. Until 1976, no one really understood their migration. So, who finally cracks the mystery? With merry art, this fascinatin­g monograph enumerates some of the players: researcher­s, trackers and regular folk, too. (Even schoolkids are taught to tag delicate wings.) What stands out? That science is driven by questions, that it commands serious detective work, that some of that work can be done by “citizen scientists” and that we are all responsibl­e for preserving landing spots and air streams for “these delicate but durable insects.”

Susan Faust is a member of the Associatio­n for Library Service to Children, most recently serving on the 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award selection committee. She was a librarian at Katherine Delmar Burke School in San Francisco for 33 years. Email: books@sfchronicl­e.com.

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