Bye Bye Butterflies!

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One day on a walk with his dad Charlie sees some boys and girls on the rooftop of the school saying goodbye as they release butterflies up into the sky. Charlie is amazed by all the butterflies flying around and wishes he could do something like that too. And when Charlie starts school next year he becomes a “butterfly scientist” as well and helps his teacher and classmates care for some teeny tiny caterpillars as they grow into butterflies and are released by Charlie and his ...

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Overview

One day on a walk with his dad Charlie sees some boys and girls on the rooftop of the school saying goodbye as they release butterflies up into the sky. Charlie is amazed by all the butterflies flying around and wishes he could do something like that too. And when Charlie starts school next year he becomes a “butterfly scientist” as well and helps his teacher and classmates care for some teeny tiny caterpillars as they grow into butterflies and are released by Charlie and his class. “Bye Bye Butterflies!”

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A boy is delighted to see children releasing butterflies off of a rooftop (shouting “Bye, bye, butterflies!” as they do so) while walking with his father; months later, his class receives its own box of tiny caterpillars that he learns will also transform into butterflies. Larsen playfully depicts the caterpillars’ development from striped and polka-dotted grubs to cocoons, as the children—cartoon caricatures with exaggerated eyes and oversize heads—observe and document the subtle changes. When Charlie and his class finally release the butterflies, another boy glances up to the rooftop and waves to Charlie. A tender story about life cycles, metamorphosis, and a common childhood experience. Ages 4–up. (June)
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"As fresh and vibrant as a spring bouquet, this joyous offering will
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Booklist Starred Review

"More than the gardening or even the flowers, the dance of imagination
between grandfather and grandchild is sweetly filigreed across the
pages."    - Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—When Charlie first sees children releasing butterflies into the sky for a school project, he is a chatty little boy whose father encourages his quiet listening and observation. Then it is time for him to begin school and eventually to participate in the same project, watching caterpillars grow until it is time to release them. This is a realistic story about growth and change, not just for caterpillars but for children, too. Playful cartoon illustrations enhance the pleasing tone. Value-added endnotes contain lots of butterfly facts for budding scientists.—Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554552207
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/15/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,439,934
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Larsen is an author and stay-at-home dad who lives with his wife and two children in Toronto. His recent picture book The Imaginary Garden was nominated for the Ontario Library Association’s 2011 Blue Spruce Award, and the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award for children’s illustration.

Jacqueline Hudon-Verrelli is a Canadian illustrator who grew up in the small French-speaking village of Zenon Park, Saskatchewan. She moved to Calgary, Alberta and graduated from the Alberta College of Art & Design. After a year and a half of travelling through Europe, pursuing various freelance projects, she now works in Calgary as a graphic designer while maintaining an illustration studio practice and teaching a illustration class at the Alberta College of Art and Design.

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