Frost, Helen and Leonid Gore Monarch and Milkweed. Atheneum (Simon), 2008. PICTURE BOOK. With beautiful illustrations and simple words, the authors explain the cycle of birth and regeneration for the monarch butterfly and the butterfly’s relationship with the milkweed plant. If you have a teacher who loves living science, this is a perfect book to accompany a lesson on lifecycle. There are even kits available online to grow live monarch butterflies. EL – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library-Teacher.