The Butterfly's Giftby Joan Ellet Hogge
Creativity! That is what The Butterfly's Gift celebrates and encourages in its readers. A beautiful story of the stages in a monarch's development, it is certain to appeal to the curiosity and creativity of eight-to-twelve year olds. This book also includes a sketchbook with steps for drawing and painting a butterfly. Included, are drawing pages, which encourage a child to look closely and learn about other creatures in the world.
This book uses colorful watercolor illustrations, combined with poetic rhythm, to weave a tale of the transformation of a chubby worm to a beautiful butterfly. The worm spends its formative first days eating constantly and growing rapidly. Then it hibernates alone in its chrysalis. During this time, it changes and grows and discovers its true self. When a butterfly emerges from its crystalline egg, it shares its secret that life is about touching others in your own creative, colorful way.
An English teacher and Academic Language Therapist, as well as an artist, Joan Hogge understands the importance of art in helping children develop and appreciate their own unique gifts. Not only does this book beautifully describe the stages of the butterfly's development, but it provides the sketch book as a "safe, contemplative, chrysalis" for children to begin to explore and connect with their own imagination and creativity.
Thus, the chubby worm's transformation can be an inspiration for children to develop their creative wings and touch the world in their own beautiful way.
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- 8.10(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)
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I was thrilled to find this lovely book which is unique in its illustrations and its language of a butterfly¿s development. I am always looking for special book gifts for my grandchildren and this one was quite a hit with my four-year-olds. They loved the story and dived right into the ¿sketch book¿. And what a special ending-reminding a child that everyone sees and appreciates the world in different ways.
The striking watercolors in this book really draw you in, and the poetic text is a lovely accompaniment to the paintings. It is wonderful to see such beautiful yet playful paintings in a book for children, since many children's books today rely on cartoonish illustrations. The title indicates the theme running through this book, that the butterfly shows us how to grow into our fullest creative selves. The "sketchbook" at the end is a unique touch, in that it focuses on one small project - the drawing of a Monarch - and it is laid out in steps manageable for any child from about age six up (although the story itself is certainly enjoyable by younger children as well). All in all, both a beautiful and practical book.