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The Adventures of Johnny Butterflyseed

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This was such an inspiring children’s story on how just one child can play an important role to save such an important species to our ecological system. The book touches on taking it one day at a time and not getting overwhelmed with the overall picture and doing something good will make others want to help! It also shows that even a child can do things to help make the world a better place! I love this story and I can see so many fun learning activities to stem from this in a school setting. What is even cooler is the author herself is a real life butterfly farmer! I also dig the names of the farmer and his magical fairy sidekick, Raven Silverwing!
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“Today is a great day to create miracles! Let’s get started.”

“I’m saving the butterflies one day at a time!”

“See, Johnny… we are never alone when we decide to make a difference.”

I received this lovely children's book from @katieandbreypa and though I do not have children, this is a book I couldn't help thinking that if I did, I'd read this with them! Johnny from a young age is a man after my own heart who is genuinely distressed when his beloved butterfly community seems to be dwindling, and he is then joined by some fun little friends to help him make a difference in the world no matter how small that difference may be, he soon learns that even the small differences matter, a whole lot!   This book was cute and fun, with absolutely beautiful illustrations, and I'm so thankful I got to be apart of this team! 
I give The adventures of Johnny Butterflyseed ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Johnny loves butterflies. He notices that each year there are less and less of them flying around his yard. With the help of his fairy friend, Raven Silverwing, he sets out on a mission to save the butterflies by teaching others how to be butterfly farmers.

This is a sweet story that I would use in my classroom during our butterfly lifecycle unit. We raise and release butterflies each Spring, and I can see this story integrating nicely. I enjoyed the positivity and encouragement throughout the book around being capable of doing hard things and being grateful for what has been achieved. A very cute book that would be a great addition to a classroom library or home bookshelf.
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At a time where the Migratory Monarch was just declared as endangered, this is a beautiful story to inspire children and adults to grow and help nurture an environment that is welcoming and habitable to our butterflies. This would be a perfect addition to a classroom library or for homeschooling those elementary aged students to pair with lessons on life cycles and plant life!
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I’m so excited to be in this book tour with #katieandbreypa Tarisa Parrish is not just a children’s author…. She’s an actual, real life butterfly farmer! How cool is that?!

She’s on a very important mission to save butterflies from extinction. Her book teaches children and parents the importance of butterflies and just how we can all help make that happen!

I loved sharing this with my daughter. Sofia learned all about butterflies and how caterpillars become these beautiful creatures in school and this book helped us connect those lessons to the real world.
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Today we have something a little different. I've always loved butterflies, so how could I not sign up for this children's book?! It was short and sweet,  but educational and inspiring. Johnny loved the monachs and did what he could to help save them and spread the word. If more people thought like Johnny, we'd probably see a lot more butterflies around. Thanks to this book, now know a lot more about these pretty butterflies and how different changes affect them. Definitely recommend for those with littles or in education. I can't wait to read this to my little niece and see what she takes away from it.
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Teacher Friends:
This is a children’s book you may be interested in using in your classroom to share with your students.
The book brings awareness to the shrinking number of monarch butterflies due to the use of pesticides and the demolition of buildings. The main character tries to bring information to the students he visits in schools and inspires others to become butterfly farmers. Butterfly farmers are encouraged to plant milkweed and nectar plants to entice butterflies to visit their yards and fields. Butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed plants. 
This book is geared toward children ages 8 and older. My granddaughter who is in fourth grade was able to read the book aloud to me with ease. 
The book is 32 pages which includes illustrations.
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As a pollinator specialist, I found some issues with this story that need some correction. The Adventures of Johnny Butterflyseed does have a good concept but it fails from concept to fruition.

The first problem with this book is teaching to raise monarch butterflies is a very controversial issue.  Tarisa Parrish should concentrate on her efforts of teaching how to grow habitat that will help increase the numbers of monarch butterflies by giving them what they need.  That Tarisa teaches to grow milkweed and native milkweed are good but not teaching how to raise them.  We do not need to hand raise monarch butterflies to help them survive. 

The artwork in the book is a bit odd.  I understand they are going with the Johnny Appleseed concept with spreading milkweed around but milkweed alone will not save the monarch butterfly.  Where I live there is a lot of milkweeds that I planted, hundreds of milkweed plants. and habitat but rarely does any monarch visit.  I have zero pesticide use.  We need to support planting milkweed yes but remember oversimplification of the decline is not the answer.  

I would use a cleaner story to appeal to children. Fewer words and not use the word butterfly "farmers". It is better to use butterfly "conservationists". To farm butterflies is deeply frowned upon. Many do for profit and it is insidious.

I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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Johnny Butterflyseed is very upset, as all the monarch butterflies are disappearing from his garden. Helped by his fairy friend Raven Silverwing, he decides and inspires children to become butterfly farmers and save the butterflies from extinction.

The Adventures of Johnny Butterflyseed is a beautiful story that shares a powerful environmental message. With this book, children, and adults will learn how to help our small colorful winged friends, as they lose a little more of their natural habitats everyday. Tarisa Parrish is a butterfly farmer herself, so she shares important and true information in this book through her characters.

The illustrations are colorful and a pleasure for the eyes. I found them to have a little Japanese Anime style. It is a very interesting book to look at and read, and young readers will surely enjoy it, learning about Nature preservation in the process.
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The topic of this book is extremely important. However, the quality of the story was lacking. I didn’t like the fairy. It was weird. It would have been better if the main character had a friend to come up with ideas of how to support the butterflies.
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A beautifully realistic glimpse into the environmental issues impacting butterflies.!  Eloquently written with gorgeous illustrations as the main character looks for solutions with a little help from his friends.
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The Adventures of Johnny Butterflyseed is a wholesome story for children and adults alike that educates on why it is so important to protect monarch butterflies from extinction. 

Preservation and stewardship is very close to my heart and something I want to instill in my children. This is a fun way to teach about endangered species and what we can do to prevent further decline. The colorful pages and sweet characters make it approachable to all. 

This story is wonderful in itself (and even taught me some things) but would be great incorporated into a lesson/activity with kids. The author has a website, johnnybutterflyseed.com where there are resources you can use to build a plan. I know this is something I will do with my little one when they are a bit older. 

I want to thank Net Galley, Tarisa and Katie and Brey PA for the opportunity to read this book so I could provide an honest review.
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Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

I received this children's book as an ARC and read it to my 2 & 4-Year-old daughters. My 2-year-old didn't even make it past the first page. She quickly got bored of looking at the same picture for so long. My 4-year-old lasted about halfway through the book before she too got bored and started playing with other things. She said she liked the pictures and wh ni asked her what she learnt all she could tell me was that you dump milk on the ground and you're done. I'm half expecting her to dump her milk outside and expect butterflies to show up.

As a parent I found the book to drag on. I personally would not pick this book up due to the length of the book and the fact it doesn't really teach kids anything. I found there was a couple of plot holes and inconsistencies in the story as well as the constant affection between the man and the butterfly to be inappropriate for young children. 

I would not recommend this book for young kids.
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This is a cute but educational children’s novel on how to support the butterfly population. It is a quick read and has beautiful pictures. This would be a great book for any child who loves butterflies!
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The Adventures of Johnny Butterflyseed is a story about how one person can make a difference. Johnny remembers that there used to be butterflies all around his farm and is sad when he realizes they have all gone away. He works with his fairy friend, Raven Silverwing to help bring the butterflies back to the farm. She teaches him what butterflies need to survive. Once, the butterflies come back, Johnny realizes he can do more to help, he wants to teach others how to save the butterflies to. He does get overwhelmed when he realizes that he is only one person, but he remembers that he can always ask for help.  It's a great story to use to teach kids how they can positively impact the environment and encourage others to do the same.
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Thank You to NetGalley and Darcie Rowan PR for the opportunity to read and review this book

This is a good book to get children interested in helping the environment and community. Even for me it was a learning experience. I never knew that butterflies lay their eggs on Milkweed plants. 

We should definitely plant more Milkweed plants to save the Monarch’s forever!

I received this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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With monarchs on the endangered species list this book has never been more important. Raven Silverwing and Queen Venus Goldwing made this book into an unexpected fairytale. 

This book is inspiring and uplifting that we can save the butterflies. It addresses habitat loss and the effects of herbicides on the butterfly population, and offers solutions on how we can help.
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This book tells the story of Johnny Butterflyseed, a man who loves butterflies and is deeply saddened when notices that there are much fewer butterflies this year in his butterfly garden than in past years. He talks with his fairy friend (who looks like a monarch butterfly) and she helps him figure out what to do. The strategies discussed are all strategies that anyone can do in their community. Despite Johnny's apprehension and feelings of premature defeat when facing this perceived failure, this book demonstrates that there is no challenge too big when communities come together. There is so much great information about butterflies and how to protect them. The book is made up of alternating pages of full colour illustrations and blank white pages with black text. The font is easy to read, fairly large and well spaced on the page. There are some more challenging words but I would guess that it is written around a grade 3 level. I would recommend this book to parents and teachers of children in the age 6-12 range. As a grade 3 teacher I could definitely see this book in my classroom library. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!
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This is a fun and wonderful story for the little ones! It was a fun adventure following Johnny and Raven as they try to make a difference and help save the butterflies! The illustrations are bright and colorful! They will easily grab the little ones attention! It's great teaching the kids about the environment and teaching them ways to get involved! And with summer coming it would be fun for the kids to see their own milkweed plants grow!
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This children's book has intriguing illustrations and a great premise, but I feel like when it comes to toeing the line between educational and created for kids, I feel like it struggles a little bit. Some of the terms and concepts are a bit too complex for the age range it is geared towards.
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