Maria the Monarch

Homero Aridjis (Author) Juan Palomino (Illustrator)
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"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

Each year, in the Mexican town of Contepec, migrating Monarch butterflies spend the winter in the temperate forests of Mexico. This children's book is an adventure story about two courageous cousins Eréndira and Corina. With the help of their community as well as Maria the Monarch butterfly, who speaks to them in their dreams, they save the lives of millions of Monarch butterflies threatened by illegal logging and traffickers of wild animals. Together they help preserve the natural and cultural wealth of their homeland.

In an afterword "The Monarch: A Tireless Traveler" Betty Ferber describes the life and evolution of the Monarch butterfly, its migration from North to South America, and the establishment of the sanctuaries in Mexico and the laws that protect them.

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).

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 filmmaker whose prize-winning films include Taxidermy: The Art of Imitating Life and Billy Twist, which played at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2003, she filmed 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.

Product Details

$12.99  $11.95
Mandel Vilar Press
Publish Date
November 07, 2017
10.4 X 0.3 X 8.4 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

HOMERO ARIDJIS, one of Latin America's greatest living writers, he is also extraordinary for his pioneering work as an environmental activist and president of the legendary Group of 100, and for his two-term stint as president of PEN International. Many of his forty-eight books of poetry and prose have been translated into fifteen languages. He is the recipient of important literary and environmental prizes, including the Xavier Villaurrutia (Mexico), the Roger Caillois (France), the Grinzane-Cavour (Italy), The Smederevo Golden Key (Serbia), the Premio Letterario Camaiore Internazionale 2013, the Violani Landi University of Bologna Poetry Prize, the United Nations Environmental Program's Global 500 Award, the Orion Society's John Hay Award, the Natural Resources Defense Council's Force for Nature Award, the International Environmental Leadership Award, given by Mikhail Gorbachev and Global GreenUSA, and two Guggenheim Fellowships. He has been at the helm of three international poetry festivals in Mexico, as well as the Morelia Symposium: Approaching the Year 2000. Aridjis served as Mexico's Ambassador to Switzerland, The Netherlands and UNESCO, and most recently was president of the Swedenborg Society.

JUAN CARLOS PALOMINO (Mexico), has worked with publishers of Literature for children
of Mexico, and in 2013 was the winner of the first place of the IV Catalog Iberoamerican Illustration for his illustrations in the book, Samir and Yonatan, published Ediciones Castillo.

EVA ARIDJIS, born 1974 in the Netherlands while her father was serving there as Mexico's ambassador, is a Mexican filmmaker. She later attended the American School Foundation in Mexico City, Princeton University, and received an MFA in Film and Television at New York University. She has made many prize-winning short and feature-length films including Taxidermy: The Art of Imitating Life and Billy Twist, both of which played at the Sundance Film Festival. An activist for many of Mexico City's street children, in 2003 she made the film Niños de la Calle (Children of the Street), to bring attention to the epidemic. The documentary was nominated for two Mexican Academy Awards (Arieles), and won the Best Feature Documentary prize at the Morelia Film Festival in 2003. In 2004, she wrote and directed her first narrative feature film, The Favor (2006), starring Frank Wood and Ryan Donowho. The Favor was released theatrically in Mexico in 2007 and in the United States in 2008. Aridjis' second feature documentary, about a Mexican religious cult, entitled La Santa Muerte (Saint Death), is narrated by Gael García Bernal. La Santa Muerte premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2007 and has screened at festivals all over the US, Latin America, and Europe, winning the best documentary award at the Trieste Film Festival in Italy. Aridjis' second narrative feature, Los Ojos Azules (The Blue Eyes), was shot entirely on location in Chiapas, Mexico and tells the story of a young American couple (played by Allison Case and Zachary Booth) who travel there and have an encounter with a shape-shifting witch (played by Ofelia Medina). The film premiered at the Morelia Film Festival. Her fifth feature-length film, the documentary Chuy, El hombre lobo (Chuy, The Wolf Man) is about a Mexican family with congenital hypertrichosis.


"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.
Maria the Monarch Homero Aridjis Juan Palomino, Illustrator Eva Aridjis, Translator Mandel Vilar Press (Oct 31, 2017) Softcover $12.99 (64pp) 978-1-942134-33-6 Two courageous girls uncover a dangerous scheme in a mystical tale of butterfly queens, fluttering souls, and environmental conservation. In a story translated from its original Spanish and set amid the jewel-toned majesty of the yearly migration of millions of monarch butterflies from Canada to Mexico, eleven-year-olds Eréndira and Corina champion the delicate kaleidoscope when its winter hibernation on the branches of the oyamel trees is threatened by poachers destroying the peaceful sanctuary. PALLAS GATES MCCORQUODALE (Children's SIP 2017) Disclosure: This article is not an endorsement, but a review. The author of this book provided free copies of the book to have their book reviewed by a professional reviewer. No fee was paid by the author for this review. Foreword Reviews only recommends books that we love. Foreword Magazine, Inc. is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.