Today we’re excited to release Butterfly for a King: Saving Hawai’i’s Kamehameha Butterflies, the newest title behind the Sibert Medal—winning team, Cindy Trumbore and Susan L. Roth. Their book captures the fascinating true story of a beautiful native Hawaiian butterfly, a great Hawaiian warrior king, and current-day efforts by scientists and citizens to restore the butterfly’s declining population.
The beautiful Kamehameha butterfly lives in Hawaii and nowhere else on Earth. Named to honor the great king who united the Hawaiian Islands, the butterfly is one of only two species native to Hawaii.
After the Kamehameha butterfly became the state insect–thanks to a group of fifth graders–people noticed that the butterflies were disappearing. So a team of dedicated professional and citizen scientists began working together to restore the butterfly’s natural habitat and reintroduce butterflies in places where they were once found.
From the Sibert Medal–winning team that created Parrots Over Puerto Rico comes another nature adventure. Discover the captivating story of the Kamehameha butterfly and the people all around Hawaii who are helping it survive.
Watch the book trailer:
Praise for Butterfly for a King: Saving Hawai’i’s Kamehameha Butterflies:
★ “A triumph; highly recommended for all libraries.” —School Library Journal, starred review
★ “A beautiful story beautifully told.” —Booklist, starred review
“A beautifully illustrated account of both a butterfly and the people who worked to save it.” —Kirkus Reviews
“An eco-conscious narrative suited to invigorating older children’s own activist efforts.” —Publishers Weekly
View the Teacher’s Guide.
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