Plants reached the chain . . . and a butterfly landed.
The beautiful Kamehameha butterfly lives in Hawai'i and nowhere else. Named to honor the great king who united the Hawaiian Islands, the insect is one of only two butterfly species native to Hawai'i. After the Kamehameha butterfly became the state insect--thanks to a group of fifth-graders--people noticed that the butterfly was 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 from all around Hawai'i who are helping it to survive.
"A beautiful story beautifully told." —Starred Review, Booklist
"A triumph; highly recommended for all libraries." —Starred Review, School Library Journal
"Cindy Trumbore pulls out all the stops to bring this story to life, waves and all. Younger text at the top and older text at the bottom makes this accessible to a wide range of ages." —2021 Science and Nature Books, Booklist
Honors for Butterfly for a King:
A selection of the Junior Library Guild
Honor Book, 2022 Green Earth Book Award
Delaware Diamonds Award, Grades 3-5 List
Honoree, Eureka! Nonfiction Children's Book Award, California Reading Association
National Council of Teachers of English Recommended Book, Orbis Pictus Award
Chicago Public Library Best Informational Books for Younger Readers, 2021
A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, Outstanding Merit category
Silver Medalist, 2022 Cook Prize for best STEM picture book, Bank Street College of Education
To inquire about speaking engagements for Ms. Trumbore and Ms. Roth, please contact Jennifer Khawam at Lee and Low (firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-779-4400 x32).