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THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY
Once there was a slinky-stripy caterpillar.  It was black and white
with stripes of yellow and orange around its body.  Creep, crawl,
creep, crawl it went along a milkweed plant, until it found a juicy
leaf.  It ate and ate and grew and grew.  By and by, its skin was
too small--so off it came.  Another skin grew and still the caterpillar
ate and ate.  It went along a milkweed plant, until it found a juicy
leaf.  It ate and ate and grew and grew.  By and by, its skin was
too small--so off it came.  Another skin grew and still the caterpillar
ate and ate.  By and by, that skin was too small--and off it came, too.
After it had outgrown several skins, the caterpillar was big enough.
It spun a silk button and thread and looped its hind legs to a leaf.
Down hung its body with the head a little curled up.  The next day
the skin split and dropped off for the last time.  And the caterpillar
wasn't a caterpillar any more.  It was a pupa in a pale green shell
with gold points--like an ornament hanging from a Christmas tree.
The shell got darker, thinner, darker, and thinner.  One day it split
and the pupa wasn't a pupa any more.  Out dropped a fat butterfly
with folded-up tiny wet wings.  It hung on to the empty shell with
long  black legs.  Its body grew long and thin. 
Flutter--went the
wings and  grew  long, wide, and stiff.  Soon there was a beautiful
Monarch  butterfly with orange wings that had black edges and
white spots.    
Flutter--flutter-- went the wings.  Soon the
butterfly was strong enough to fly up--up--and away.
Later it flew to another milkweed plant and laid tiny green eggs.  
The eggs hatched into slinky-stripy caterpillars.  The slinky-stripy
caterpillars ate and ate, and one day turned into pupas that had 
green and gold shells.  And the pupas turned into butterflies  
with orange wings that had black edges and white spots. 
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