Kylee Baumle’s The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Beloved Butterfly (kindly provided by St Lynn’s Press for review, although of course the opinion expressed herein is my own) has a bit of something for most readers. There’s a naturalist component, a good deal of gardening, and even some crafts and recipes thrown in.
Incidentally, for those of you who might wonder why I am always raving about how wonderful the books from St. Lynn’s Press are, this is one of the reasons. They are just so interesting! While other books might focus on merely gardening for butterflies, or perhaps the life cycle of the monarchs and its migration journey, not Ms. Baumle’s. We get it all.
We also get the best varieties of milkweed to grow, an extremely well-done discussion about why one particular annual milkweed is not really recommended, and a moving story about a tagged butterfly that she found.
She even gives a shout out to the various citizen science projects you can join (including the Million Pollinator Project that I have just finished posting about).
In short, for all things monarch, this book is excellent. It’s highly comprehensive and yet really readable at the same time. It’s a wonderful addition to my library!
Karla, thank you so much for your kind words about my book! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and that you’ve found it to be helpful. It was a pleasure for me to write this book about the monarch that I love so much.
It’s my pleasure! To be honest, before I read your book, I wondered if we weren’t over-hyping the monarch problem just a little bit. Sadly, I now realize that we aren’t at all, and worse yet, it’s worse than I even realized! So it’s nice to be able to get the word out and maybe help others learn as well.
I think the understanding of the problem is just now reaching a critical point, where enough people are taking it seriously to take actions that will effect change. There’s always the worry that people will think exactly what you did and will dismiss it, which would really be a shame in this instance, because we really CAN make a difference, collectively. Each one counts! And you’ve made a difference just by creating awareness through your review of my book. 🙂
I have gardened for buterflies for decades–literally. That’s why I became an organic gardener in 1994–because I didn’t see butterflies on the property that I had just moved to. And as I am sure you know, once you remove the pesticides, the butterflies come!
But only in the last couple of years have i started adding milkweed. It’s so pretty, too. Perhaps with the PPA making butterfly weed it’s Plant of the Year this year, that will also bring some awareness. Every little bit does help, as you say.
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