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By Homero Aridjis

Translated from Spanish by Eva Aridjis

Illustration by Juan Palomino

Afterword by Betty Ferber

YOUNG ECO FICTION. A Story for young readers (ages 8-14) about Monarch butterflies and the efforts to save them from extinction.

Sample from the book:

"Erendira and Corina picked up butteries from the brush to revive them. When the sun’s rays touched their numbed wings they had detached themselves from the clusters where they had spent the night to y into the air, but they fell to the ground. The girls spotted Maria the Monarch on an oyamel root. As she was unable to fly, Erendira blew on her wings to warm them up, until she ew o towards the myriad butteries that had formed a colony in the ravine, an image of the resurrection of winter. When they saw her take to the air, the girls didn’t know if they should follow her across the hill or go down to the village. Suddenly they looked up and were astonished to see Quetzalpapalotl herself flying through space with wings as radiant as an angel’s. Maria the Monarch took fight and followed her, and the girls followed Maria, until they reached a glass house with transparent walls through which they saw millions of butteries uttering about and caterpillars that would turn into butteries munching on milkweed leaves. There were also paintings from pre-Hispanic times showing the quetzal as one of the thirteen birds that were symbols of the thirteen seasons of the sky and the thirteen hours of the day. The quetzal was perched on The Tree of the East in the House of the Sun. In another painting the Quetzalpapalotl, with a dark green abdomen and her wings spread, sat on the central World Tree. The girls were awestricken. Erendira was silent and lost in thought. When Corina asked her if she felt okay, she replied “I think my dreams are starting to become real.”

"I highly recommend this extraordinary trip to the kingdom of the monarch". Dr. Lincoln Brower, Sweet Briar College, the world's leading expert on the Monarch butterfly.


Homero Aridjis, one of Latin America’s greatest living writers and environmental activists, is the author forty- eight books of poetry and prose including Eyes to See Otherwise (New Directions), Solar Poems (City Lights), and 1492: The Life and Times of Juan Cabezon of Castile (University of New Mexico Press). Through his activism in behalf of the environment, Homero Aridjis played a major role in the establishment of recognized sanctuaries for the Monarch buttery in Mexico.


Juan Carlos Palomino, won first place in the IV Catalog Iberoamerican Illustration in 2013 for his illustrations for Samir and Yonatan, published by Ediciones Castillo.


Eva Aridjis, is a lmmaker whose prize- winning lms include Taxidermy: The Art of Imitating Life and Billy Twist, which played at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2003, she lmed Niños de la Calle (Children of the Street), bringing attention to Mexico City’s poverty epidemic.


Betty Ferber, is the International Coordinator of the environmentalist collective Grupo de los Cien (Group of 100) and translator of Homero Aridjis’s books.

Lithocase ISBN: 9781942134343 64 Pages $19.95

Paperback ISBN: 9781942134336 64 Pages $12.99

Size: 10.5 x 8.5

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