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An Educational Guide on Monarch Butterflies

Have you purchased your copy of my 2nd edition yet? Only $20 NZD (or $15 USD for USA customers).

A complete guide that helps you with everything you need to know about raising caterpillars, monarchs and caring for your swan plants. How to create a butterfly garden, heaps of fun facts and amazing photos. Plus advice to plan ahead for the season so you wont run out of food. Whether your a teacher or raise monarchs in your garden as a hobby, you will love my book.


Having seen Maria’s inspirational Facebook page the Butterfly Musketeers I purchased her book on Monarch butterfly’s. Her passion is evident in the easy to read informative chapters that are full or wonderful photos. I would recommend it as a go to guide for for all things Monarch.

Diane Turner –  Teacher aide.

Firstly, I must congratulate Maria on such an amazing achievement of writing her first book! It is beautiful and a credit to her. As a primary school teacher of many years, I have used the monarch butterfly to help children learn about life cycles, metamorphosis and how to care for living creatures. All children are fascinated with the beauty and miracle of butterflies and the joy on their faces as they watch the process is quite magical.

Maria’s book is a wonderful teaching resource and full of so much information that I was completely unaware of. It is written in a clear and easy to read way that will appeal to teachers, children and anyone who is a monarch lover. I particularly like the personal touches – the family photos and experiences that Maria has included in her book.  I have also had the pleasure of watching Maria take a lesson on monarchs with a class of five year olds. I was very impressed with the way she interacted with the children and with her ability to share her knowledge with them and look forward to having Maria visit us again.“Monarch Butterflies” reflect Maria’s love and passion for butterflies and she is to be applauded for her accomplishment. I look forward to her next book.  

Sharyn Smith – Primary school teacher

An educational guide on monarch butterflies is the most amazing book possible with an impressive amount of up-to-date information on the monarch backed up by myriad illustrations, countless activities for all age groups and overall positive messages on what the reader can do to look after monarch caterpillars and monarch populations in their area.  The passion for nature, and in particular the monarch, that Maria possesses shine through on every page and the book is impossible to put down. In fact my first copy of the book was “stolen” by a friend who couldn’t live without it!

Brian Patrick – Biodiversity Advisor

I’ve been teaching primary aged children for over 20 years and the Life Cycle of the Butterfly has always been a successful and enjoyable inquiry topic. Finally I’ve found a resource that is a one-stop place for all the information and answers a teacher needs to pass on accurate and interesting facts to children.

In addition, “Monarch Butterflies” contains photos, drawings, activites and resources all in one place that can be quickly photocopied and shared with my class. Maria’s knowledge, love and enthuisam for the Monarch is obvious as it comes out of every page of this amazing resource. This book is the ONLY resource you need – buy it – gift it – read it!

Anita Andrew – Primary school teacher

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