South Whidbey Tilth Farmers Market, 2812 Thompson Rd., Langley —
As the sun dawns in Canada, a flutter of monarch butterflies take flight, ready to begin their months-long journey to their ancestral home in Mexico. This is the story of the endangered monarch butterfly written by Katherine Pryor and beautifully illustrated by Ellie Peterson. Pryor will offer a free reading to children at noon and at 1 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 13 at the South Whidbey Tilth Farmers Market. There may be several pairs of wings with which to flutter about.
The book, Home Is Calling — The Journey of the Monarch Butterfly, is scheduled to be released by publisher WorthyKids on Aug. 8. The publisher states, “Parents and educators alike will find much to love about this poetically written book. The story touches on how climate change and deforestation are impacting monarchs, and kid-friendly back matter provides additional information about the butterflies, including their life cycle, anatomy, and migratory patterns, as well as several simple ways children can help monarch butterflies themselves.”
Katherine Pryor is an award-winning children’s book author and good food advocate. She grew up in California and Arizona before moving to Seattle to study food and farming. Her books are widely used in school garden curriculum, nutrition education, and anti-hunger initiatives. In addition to writing, Katherine has worked to create better food choices at institutions, large corporations and food banks. She lives with her husband and twins in Clinton.
The South Whidbey Tilth Farmers Market is located at 2812 Thompson Road on State Route 525, between Freeland and Bayview and is open Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.