Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Story of Chester: The Monarch Caterpillar/Larvae: Review

The Story of Chester the Monarch Caterpillar Larva
The Story of Chester: The Monarch  Caterpillar/Larvae
Author: Susie Vanderlip
Publisher: Intuitive Wisdom Publications
Series: The Chester Series
Pages: 27
"The Story of Chester" is a PHOTO story book for children ages 3 thru 9 that tells the story in photographs and text about Chester, the real-life Monarch caterpillar, on his journey to find his life purpose - to become a beautiful butterfly. Chester, like all Monarch caterpillars, is a determined, ravenous and energetic larva. He has a spunky personality and devours leaves, flowers and seed pods. He sometimes eats cooperatively with his "brother and sister" larva, but sometimes other larva bully and bite him. They do NOT want to share their milkweed leaves with him.

When fully grown after two weeks of huge growth and rambunctious eating behavior, Chester leaves the world he knows on the milkweed plant to trek across the yard and up a tree to make his chrysalis, “a pretty green house, and he didn’t even know he could do it!” He emerges a gorgeous and colorful Monarch butterfly. But there is one thing more left to do. Now Chester the Butterfly must learn how to fly!

"The Story of Chester" teaches about the amazing life cycle of Monarch butterflies in a story format to engage children and promote a love of nature.
The Story of Chester is now in several school districts and used in second grade classrooms as part of their Life Science Curriculum, teaching about butterfly life cycle.

"The Story of Chester" has a companion MOVIE/DVD that parallels the entire book with live-action, real-life video of Chester and his life journey. (Goodreads)
My Thoughts:
This story follows Chester, the monarch caterpillar, around from the time he is a larva, through chrysalis, until he becomes a beautiful butterfly. Kids will learn a lot from this book such as what monarch caterpillars eat and how they become butterflies. They get to see real life photographs throughout the book and there is also a DVD that goes along with it. It's really fun!
This is a great book/DVD to use to teach your children about the life cycle of butterflies. I will definitely be using this with my daycare kids and my own munchkins. My daughter absolutely loved Chester! I'm sure this would also be great for schooling or homeschooling too! I would also like to add that 10% of book with DVD purchase goes to the Monarch Watch to educate and increase habitat for diminishing population of Monarchs. So if you get a copy you are not only helping your children learn about Monarchs but you are also helping Monarchs!
* I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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