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Review: The Butterfly’s Daughter

May 3, 2011

Luz’s mother died when she was five years old, leaving her to be raised by her grandmother – Luz’s beloved Abuela.  Abuela grew up in a small town in Mexico where monarch butterflies migrate every year, so she has loved butterflies all of her life.  Now she raises butterflies and teaches Luz and neighborhood children about them.

Abuela buys a car and insists that she and Luz make a pilgrimage to her village in Mexico.  Luz puts her off and Abuela dies before they have a chance to go.  Luz decides that she needs to make the journey in her grandmother’s honor to bring her ashes to the village in time for the Day of the Dead.

The Butterfly’s Daughter is Mary Alice Monroe‘s newest book and it does not disappoint!  Luz has so much going for her but lacks confidence and I fell in love with her immediately.  She has a good life, but dreams of bigger and better things.  She likes to play things safe, so going off on this trip on her own was a major step for her.  It felt like Abuela was guiding and teaching her.  Along the way, Luz runs across some fabulous characters who help her learn and grow.

I don’t want to say too much about the end of the story because I don’t want to give anything away, but I enjoyed watching Luz grow on her journey and I was very satisfied with the ending.

There was a small paragraph about monarch butterflies, and the challenging migration they make each year, at the beginning of each chapter.  I enjoyed those tidbits and would have liked to have read more about them and their importance to our environment.  I have been more aware of butterflies and watched every one I’ve seen since I read this book.

Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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47 Comments leave one →
  1. May 3, 2011 5:30 am

    I love books that not only tell a personal story, but weave in something interesting that you can learn from. I’ve seen things about this butterfly migration on Discovery Channel and it is amazing! What an awesome find here.

  2. May 3, 2011 6:46 am

    I’ve seen the monarchs in Maine flocking to get ready to migrate. This sounds like a must-read.

  3. May 3, 2011 7:43 am

    I love butterflies! This sounds sad but beautiful. I will have to see if it has a UK release date.

  4. May 3, 2011 7:56 am

    This looks stunning. I also, have been really into butterflies, lately. There’s a place near us, called Callaway Gardens that has an amazing Butterfly house and research center. We’ve gone down a few times with our three year old and every time I learn something new. This looks like it’s right up my alley, right now!

  5. May 3, 2011 8:00 am

    I have been wanting to read something by this author. This sounds lovely.

  6. May 3, 2011 8:04 am

    I’m fascinated by butterflies. I don’t know much about them, but love the whole idea of their transformation. I’ve read one other Mary Alice Monroe book and enjoyed it very much. Looking forward to reading this one very much.

  7. May 3, 2011 8:56 am

    Sounds like a lovely read, though I hope it wouldn’t be too sad! I’m very close to my grandmothers and can’t bear the thought of losing them.

  8. May 3, 2011 9:22 am

    Sounds like a book about butterflies that I’d enjoy. Nice review.
    Book Dilettante

  9. May 3, 2011 9:24 am

    Sounds like another book that combines learning with a great story – I love those kinds of books!

  10. May 3, 2011 9:58 am

    I absolutely love butterflies, so I am sure I would really appreciate the info on the monarchs that is given in the beginning of each chapter. I also think I would like the rest of the book, as the story sounds just unusual enough to tempt. Thanks for the great review, Kathy. This one is going on the list!

  11. May 3, 2011 9:59 am

    This sounds like a wonderful read. Adding it to my wish list right now.

  12. May 3, 2011 10:18 am

    I’m adding this to the TBR list – sounds fantastic!

  13. Beth Hoffman permalink
    May 3, 2011 10:35 am

    This has been on my list ever since I first heard about it. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Kathy!

  14. May 3, 2011 10:55 am

    Nice review, must add to my tbr list.

  15. May 3, 2011 11:08 am

    I’m glad to see you enjoyed this one Kathy. I can’t wait to read it.

  16. May 3, 2011 11:22 am

    It sounds so warm and lovely :D I like it

  17. May 3, 2011 11:54 am

    The Butterfly’s Daughter sounds like a wonderful book! I did not that Mary Alice Monroe had a new book. Thank You for the review .

  18. May 3, 2011 12:18 pm

    I love these types of stories. The folks that people meet on personal journeys are usually so interesting. I can imagine all sorts of colorful characters in this one. It sounds really good.

  19. May 3, 2011 1:02 pm

    I also am reading this novel by Mary Alice Monroe. I can’t rave enough about it to anyone that will listen to me. The unfortunately thing, is I started this right before the end of school before exams were over. I wanted to read this before a luncheon with the author in Pawleys Island. I have to keep stopping. But, I am loving the story. It is a bit reminscent of Thema and Louise’s road trip. Not criminal. Hopefully I will finish it before Friday. By the way there is lots of info. on the web about Monarch Butterfly migration.

    I did post my thoughts about the novel about 200 pages in if you are interested. I will be posted my review as soon as I am finished with her novel.

    Thanks for posting yours.

  20. May 3, 2011 1:04 pm

    Kathy, this book sounds really good. I like the idea of the butterfly here.

  21. May 3, 2011 1:32 pm

    This sounds wonderful. Thank you for introducing me to Mary Alice Monroe through the book trailer.

  22. May 3, 2011 1:50 pm

    Sounds great. I can’t wait to read it!

  23. May 3, 2011 2:01 pm

    I could get very enthusiastic about this book too. The author absolutely sold me in this video. I’m off to find it.

  24. May 3, 2011 3:22 pm

    I am glad to hear you enjoyed this book. I have it on my tbr pile. Last year I had 24 monarch butterflies stop by and hang out in the flowers on my front porch. It was the most awesome, beautiful sight! There is something so magical about them. I have a feeling this book will be bittersweet but I am looking forward to it more than ever after reading your review.

  25. May 3, 2011 3:37 pm

    I’ve always liked Monroe’s books. I’ll have to look into this one as this is the first I’ve heard of it. Looks good. :-)

  26. May 3, 2011 4:23 pm

    This book sounds lovely. I love a good mother/daughter story.

  27. May 3, 2011 7:14 pm

    Butterflies are such a lovely conceit to base a book around!

  28. May 3, 2011 7:15 pm

    she sounds like a wonderful character..and that can make for a winning book.

  29. May 3, 2011 8:28 pm

    That sounds like a fun journey story.

  30. May 3, 2011 8:54 pm

    I love Mary Alice Munroe, and this sound wonderful. Thank you for your review.

  31. May 3, 2011 9:07 pm

    I’ve seen this one on some indie bookstore sites but have not read a review until yours – now i must get me a copy! Sounds so wonderful and the cover – wow! how perfect!

  32. May 3, 2011 9:51 pm

    This sounds like a great book for the warm weather when butterflies are everywhere.

  33. May 3, 2011 9:56 pm

    I saw this one but ended up not requesting it for review. I’m kind of wishing I had now!
    2 Kids and Tired Books

  34. stacybuckeye permalink
    May 3, 2011 9:58 pm

    I love visiting butterfly gardens and try to go as often as I can find one. Well, that was when I had time to do such things!

  35. May 3, 2011 10:07 pm

    I like the sound of this one a lot Kathy. Nice review.

  36. May 3, 2011 10:32 pm

    I haven’t read anything by Munroe in a while. The Butterfly’s Daughter sounds too good to miss.

  37. May 4, 2011 12:09 am

    I like when reading a book makes you more aware and butterflies are gorgeous to watch. This sounds interesting.

  38. May 4, 2011 8:11 am

    What a wonderful cover and sounds like a wonderful book. I have read this author before.

  39. May 4, 2011 8:29 am

    This book sounds better than I imagined. There seems to be a lot happening in here, in a good way!

  40. May 4, 2011 9:17 am

    As a huge fan of Mary Alice Monroe, I am so looking forward to reading this book.

  41. May 4, 2011 10:33 am

    Sounds like she is learning to fly into a real woman now.

    Great insight and will tag this to every mounting TBR list.

  42. May 4, 2011 12:15 pm

    ugh, its always the way that you put off things like journeys to Mexico with your grandmother until the last minute and then it’s too late. Sounds like an excellent book.

  43. May 4, 2011 7:16 pm

    This one sounds like a winner and I’ve enjoyed this author’s writing in the past. Will be adding this one to my list!! :D

  44. May 4, 2011 8:12 pm

    Ivqe always been amazed at the migration of the monarchs. They go so far and they seem so small and fragile and I know their life spans are not that long. There was wonderful footage of their migration landing on either the Planet Earth show or the Life show. Amazing footage.

  45. May 5, 2011 9:08 pm

    Glad to hear you liked it – I got this one from Goodreads or Library Thing – can’t remember which! It is next up when I finish what I am reading now!

  46. May 6, 2011 4:20 pm

    Butterflys are beautiful, amazing creatures and the monarch’s migration sounds like a great way to begin the chapters. I love this story-line and both Luz and Abuela sound like wonderful characters. I already have this book on my tbr list and now, after reading your review, I know it’s a must-read!

  47. May 6, 2011 7:46 pm

    My sister loves butterflies, so I’ll have to tell her about this book.

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