The Lamb and the Butterfly

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Eric Carle and Arnold Sundgaard's classic tale is now available in a redesigned edition.

One day, a Lamb and a Butterfly meet in a meadow. The Lamb, cautious and dependent upon her mother, is curious about the Butterfly's independent way of life. Meanwhile, the free-spirited Butterfly doesn't understand the sense of security that the Lamb needs from her mother.

When an unexpected storm injures the Butterfly, the Lamb and her mother care for ...

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Overview


Eric Carle and Arnold Sundgaard's classic tale is now available in a redesigned edition.

One day, a Lamb and a Butterfly meet in a meadow. The Lamb, cautious and dependent upon her mother, is curious about the Butterfly's independent way of life. Meanwhile, the free-spirited Butterfly doesn't understand the sense of security that the Lamb needs from her mother.

When an unexpected storm injures the Butterfly, the Lamb and her mother care for her, nursing her back to health. Once she's better, the Butterfly must resume her journey, flying away from the meadow. As the Lamb and the Butterfly try to understand each other's perspective, we learn an important lesson about recognizing and respecting differences between ourselves and others.

A protected lamb and an independent butterfly discuss their different ways of living.

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Praise for THE LAMB AND THE BUTTERFLY

"Preschoolers will respond to the story's rhythmic text, and Carle's signature bold, textured collages featuring a beautiful, multi-colored butterfly and a curly-coated lamb. The underlying message that different animals (and by extension, people) have different requirements is subtle but will be perceived by listeners. A good starting point for wide-ranging discussions." -- BOOKLIST

"Sundgaard's poetic text sings along at a brisk pace, as these two unlikely friends enjoy an afternoon's interlude. Carle, with the same use of strong color that won him recognition in THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR and subsequent works, has created bright acrylic and paper collage illustrations that intensify the movement of the story." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Sundgaard's text reads smoothly, but the book is chiefly distinguished by Carle's brilliantly colored collages, composed of beautifully painted textures. . . . Just right to share with a group." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS

Children's Literature - Tima Murrell
Little lamb is excited to meet a butterfly in the middle of his meadow one day. He has so many questions to ask the butterfly, like where he is from and why does he flutter? But the little lamb has a hard time understanding the free spirited butterfly. Why can't the butterfly be just like him and stay in the meadow? The lamb begs the butterfly to never leave, but the butterfly doesn't listen. Finally, after being caught in a storm together the little lamb begins to understand why the butterfly can't stay with him. Parents will love the message about accepting others for who they are and understanding that everyone is different and might have different needs. The story flows well and is somewhat lyrical. Bright, cheerful illustrations help the story move. Children will love the bold brush strokes and large images. Reviewer: Tima Murrell
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When a Lamb and a Butterfly meet in the meadow, the Lamb asks the Butterfly where his mother is. The Butterfly replies, ``My mother flies one way while I fly the other.'' The Lamb, who is used to the warmth and security of her mother, is astounded by this answer and follows the Butterfly all around the field. Each time she asks the butterfly a question, she discovers that the small, flitting creature is free to do as he pleases. But when the Butterfly is swept away by a black cloud, the Lamb worries about himuntil she discovers him on her back. As the Lamb grows more certain that the Butterfly will stay in the meadow, the Butterfly allows the sun to dry his wings and soon resumes his journey. Sungaard's poetic text sings along at a brisk pace, as these two unlikely friends enjoy an afternoon's interlude. Carle, with the same use of strong color that won him recognition in The Very Hungry Caterpillar and subsequent works, has created bright acrylic and paper collage illustrations that intensify the movement of the story. Ages 3-7. (September)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 A lamb and a butterfly have a conversation during which the habits and behavioral traits of each creature are revealed. The lamb is bound to the earth and closely tied to its mother's side; the butterfly, on the other hand, is free of the pull of the earth and of maternal bonds. As the story progresses, comparisons can be made by readers about the way of life that each creature is destined to follow. The text is straightforward, and the simple story is highly accessible to young readers. Readers can enjoy deeper and broader meanings in that when storms arise and dangers appear, the freedom enjoyed by the butterfly is no longer to be coveted. Readers can move still onea step further as the lamb comes to see that the butterfly has no choice and must fly south to escape the freezing cold weather against which it has no protection. The bold and daring illustrations make the book interesting but, because of a lack of real distinction in either the text or the illustrations, it's an additional purchase. JoAnn Bell, Richardson Independent School District, Tex.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545443265
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 159,376
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author


Arnold Sundgaard was a playwright, librettist, and author who won many awards and prizes for his writings. He also made use of his lyrical talents by writing children's books, including THE BEAR WHO LOVED PUCCINI, illustrated by Dominic Catalano.

Eric Carle is known around the world for his many highly original and beautiful picture books, including THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR and ERIC CARLE'S TREASURY OF CLASSIC STORIES FOR CHILDREN. For more information, please go to www.eric-carle.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2000

    great for butterfly unit

    One of my students brought in this book today because we are studying butterflies. I read it to the class. It was a delightful story as well as reinforcing facts we are currently learning.The story is lovely and the children loved it and the illustrations by Eric Carle.They were even able to relate the illustrations to the Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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