The Beautiful Butterfly: A Folktale from Spain [NOOK Book]

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A beautiful butterfly is courted by many suitors. She finally finds a husband who has a singing voice soft and sweet enough to please her, but no sooner does the honeymoon begin than he is swallowed by a giant fish! All of nature joins her in mourning, setting off a comical chain of events that results in a second chance for the beautiful butterfly and her devoted husband. Enchantingly original depictions of the beautiful butterfly and her friends and an inventive happy ending reveal the sweetness and humor of ...

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The Beautiful Butterfly: A Folktale from Spain

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Overview

A beautiful butterfly is courted by many suitors. She finally finds a husband who has a singing voice soft and sweet enough to please her, but no sooner does the honeymoon begin than he is swallowed by a giant fish! All of nature joins her in mourning, setting off a comical chain of events that results in a second chance for the beautiful butterfly and her devoted husband. Enchantingly original depictions of the beautiful butterfly and her friends and an inventive happy ending reveal the sweetness and humor of this enduring Spanish folktale. FOLKLORE NOTE.

After choosing a husband for his sweet singing voice, a beautiful butterfly mourns the fact that he is swallowed by a fish, until a king in his underwear reunites the two.

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"the illustrations are brightly detailed"
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
A windmill against red mountains locates this variant of an oft-told folktale in Spain, where the lady butterfly alights at a tree hollow to make her home. Olive green leaves and lively brown bark against a cerulean sky make a foil for the fuchsia and turquoise, orange and yellow of Butterfly's clothes. First comes a cricket wanting to marry her. "And if I do marry you, how will you sing to our babies?" asks butterfly. The cricket's click-y song will not do. Neither will the frog's "Croo-AH!" Finally comes a running-suit-clad mouse whose wavery "ee-ee-ee-ee-ee" is exactly right. Mouse goes to fetch water for his lady only to fall in the pond and be eaten by a fish. Because children didn't like this sad ending, Judy Sierra conducted further research in Castile and Leon and discovered story endings involving underwear. Now Butterfly mourns as do the dove, the tree, the pond, and so forth until Mirabile, the king, runs around in his underwear! Everyone laughs until the fish chuckles "glu-glu-glu" and out pops the mouse. Told with comforting repetitions and enthusiastic pictures this charming and original tale is sure to please young readers. 2000, Clarion Books, Ages 3 to 7, $15.00. Reviewer: Nancy Tilly
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-In this melding of two classic Spanish folktales, an alluring butterfly turns down a number of suitors before choosing a gentle mouse because his soft, sweet song is absolutely perfect for singing babies to sleep. Just when it looks as though they will live happily ever after, Mouse falls in a pond and is swallowed by a fish. The grief-stricken butterfly cries up a storm, which sets in motion a chain of events resulting in her beloved's regurgitation and a happy ending. The story makes good use of repetition to build to the climax, and the plot is intriguing. Chess's signature illustrations are full of bright color, pizzazz, and humor. Her insects' and animals' faces run through a gamut of expressions, from pleased to appalled, and there are many details to look at and enjoy. This is a good addition to the canon of such animal-wooing stories as John Langstaff's retelling of Frog Went A'-Courtin' (Harcourt, 1955) and classic animal death tales like William Stobbs's Who Killed Cock Robin? (Oxford, 1990).-Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547562933
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/20/2000
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 520,913
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Judy Sierra holds a Ph.D. in folklore from UCLA and has compiled several books of folklore for teachers and storytellers. The author of many successful picture books, she lives in Northern California.
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