The Yellow Butterfly

The Yellow Butterfly

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by Mehrnaz S. Gill, Lindsay Ward
     
 

Children learn in this charmingly illustrated story that they can make a difference by making selfless decisions. Bobby and Susi discover a magical yellow butterfly that can sing in their rose garden. Totally amazed by their special find, the children run off to tell their grandfather of this wonder of nature. Bobby and Susi listen spellbound as he tells them of an…  See more details below

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Children learn in this charmingly illustrated story that they can make a difference by making selfless decisions. Bobby and Susi discover a magical yellow butterfly that can sing in their rose garden. Totally amazed by their special find, the children run off to tell their grandfather of this wonder of nature. Bobby and Susi listen spellbound as he tells them of an ancient legend in which butterflies were trained to go out into the world and spread hope and love through the granting of wishes. Enthralled with his story, and thinking more and more about what they'd like to have, the brother and sister decide to capture the magic butterfly and make their wish come true. Though once they have her in captivity, they realize that the butterfly's freedom is more important than their wish. In the unselfish act of releasing the butterfly, the two children come to understand that their true wish is one of love.

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Publishers Weekly
On a summer day, Susi and her brother, Bobby, discover a singing yellow butterfly in their yard: “A butterfly that sings? How can that be? Butterflies don't sing.” When they tell their grandfather what they've seen, he shares a legend about the Sun Queen and King who collected yellow butterflies, which now travel the world granting wishes that come from the heart. After brainstorming what they might wish for—Bobby wants a room full of ice cream and Susi “a giant princess castle with lots of dolls and costumes”—they eventually recapture the butterfly. Seeing the butterfly's unhappiness, Susi wishes for it to be free, and the butterfly rewards them both with wishes, which aren't revealed. A final page directs readers to a Web site, where they can e-mail their wishes to a yellow butterfly. Incorporating butterflies and musical notation, Ward's illustrations have a childlike simplicity and a sense of magic that works well with the subject matter, though first-time author Gill's prose feels repetitive and generic. Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit children's charities. Ages 5-7. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933979717
Publisher:
Bright Sky Press
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Mehrnaz S. Gill works in geriatrics at the Texas Consortium of Geriatric Education Centers and the Huffington Center on Aging. She is the recipient of the 2008 KTRK-TV, Houston, Texas, 13 Women of Distinction Award; the 2007 Excellence in Bloom Award presented by the Huffington Center on Aging; and the 2005 Volunteer of the Year Award from the National Association of Fundraisers. She lives in Houston, Texas. Lindsay Ward is an illustrator and graphic designer. She lives in Boston.

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