"We really enjoyed your book...it's a great story and so educational at the same time...the illustrations are beautiful."
-The Story Nook.
"Bright, colorful, whimsical creatures abound in Bonnie's garden, where she discovers two Monarch caterpillars on milkweed, and watches as one becomes a butterfly. In addition to the story,
garden tips are included about how to attract Monarchs to your garden, so you too can watch the magic of caterpillars turn into butterflies."
— Loretta Lutman, Author of The Ugly Caterpillar
"The magic of metamorphosis as seen through the eyes of a child. A captivating and colorful story for the whole family to share and enjoy."
— Judy Burris & Wayne Richards, authors of The Life Cycles of Butterflies & The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs
“I can’t think of a more rewarding, long-lasting summer strategy for entertaining (and stealthily educating) youngsters than reading this fancifully illustrated,
engagingly written, instructional book.”
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— Billy Goodnick, contributor to Fine Gardening
“Thumbs up! A delightful story with splendid illustrations, sure to delight and intrigue all young monarch
— Dr. Robert Michael Pyle, author of Chasing Monarchs: Migrating with the Butterflies of Passage
"I want to thank you for signing Airplanes in the Garden for my son. It
was a great birthday present, and we have read it several times. He even
read it to his grandmother. Very sweet.
"Airplanes in the Garden is also brilliantly written and illustrated. My son
loves it and so do I. I will continue to recommend it to friends and give
it as gifts."
— A happy mother
"The kids love your book and the adults refer to it often for Monarch facts."
- Research Assistant, UC Santa Barbara
“… a story that will entertain while it educates children about the magic and mysterious world of monarch
butterflies. Creating awareness and empathy at an early age is our best bet for the protection of these fragile
wonders of nature.”
— Nick de Pencier, Director, PBS’s NOVA: “The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies”
“Quiel’s beautifully designed illustrations are fresh, vibrant, playful, and eye-catching—perfect for capturing
the imagination of children of all ages.”
— Nita Leland, author of Exploring Color and The New Creative Artist
“A captivating story that informs while it delights, drawing readers of all ages in through Calder's enchanting text and Quiel's lovely
illustrations, evocative splashes of color and whimsy. This superb introduction to the monarch life cycle and conservation -- concluding with migration maps
and information, key facts and resources -- encourages both knowledge and imagination and will inspire you to plant your own personal
butterfly garden and help protect these extraordinary creatures.
— Joan Ariel, Former Library Director, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
“Thank you so much for your recent donation of the children’s book, Airplanes in the Garden – Monarch Butterflies Take Flight,
to Green Bay Botanical Garden. Your inspiration to write this book was truly a gift to all who read it.
Exciting and educating people about the wonders of nature is right in line with our mission – to stimulate an appreciation for
and an understanding of the world of horticulture and the enduring relationship between plants and people.”
— Jill Dougherty, Executive Administrative Assistant/Donor Relations, Green Bay Botanical Garden