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Why a Butterfly is Patient (and tips for creating your own Butterfly Garden!)

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Today as we were walking on the greenbelt near our home we saw the most beautiful sight; monarch butterflies getting ready to depart for the season. For years now we’ve participated in Journey North and their Monarch Butterfly research.

Monarch butterflies roosting in Dell Rapids, SD.

As we watch the monarchs hatch from their cocoons and make their way north towards us, we enjoy watching the field reports as the monarchs get closer and closer. It also made me recall the really lovely book I discovered some years ago called, A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long.

From the creators of the award-winning An Egg Is Quiet, A Seed Is Sleepy, and A Rock Is Lively comes this gorgeous and informative introduction to the world of butterflies. An incredible variety of butterflies are celebrated here in all of their beauty and wonder, from the tiny Arian Small Blue to the grand Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing. Perfect for a child’s bedroom bookshelf or for the classroom!

Using rich colors and a sharing a wide variety of butterflies, A Butterfly is Patient gently and poetically goes through the life cycle of the butterfly as well as shares an astounding array of butterfly facts. Easy to use in the classroom as well as at home with your children. It makes for a great afternoon read.

Once the reading is done, however, it’s time to get outside and experience the world of butterflies for yourself.

Something To Do

Look for Butterfly Eggs on Milkweed

Go outside and see if the butterflies have come to your region. To see maps of their migration have a look here.


Raise Butterflies at Home! How fun would it be to create your Monarch raising adventure! Go here and get the gear.

Complete Butterfly Kit

Create a butterfly garden. has wonderful tips on creating your own butterfly garden. Which flowers would you choose that would delight our winged friends?

how to make a butterfly garden

Looking for more nature-inspired activities?

A Year in the Secret Garden

As parents, we want/need quality books with extension activities to help our young ones unplug and create memories. Pulling books from shelves, and stories from pages is also an important act that will the habit of being life-long readers. Quality books with companion book extension activities are not only working to create special family time, it allows kids to solve the world’s problems without major consequences. A Year in the Secret Garden is just such a book.

This delightful children’s book that is co-written by Marilyn Scott-Waters and Valarie Budyar and it offers original month-by-month activities that allow readers to delve deeper into the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden.

A Year in the Secret Garden

Within the 120 pages (with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities)families will find many activities inspired by The Secret Garden that encourages them to step away from technology and enjoy getting hands and feet into the black earth of a family garden. This book will make a great gift and be the catalyst of many hours of family growth, learning and FUN!
A Year in the Secret Garden

Grab your copy ASAP and “meet me in the garden!” More details HERE!