Glasswings: A Butterfly's Story

Glasswings: A Butterfly's Story

by Elisa Kleven


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Claire, a glasswing butterfly whose transparent wings reflect her lush home, finds herself lost in the city after being separated from her family. She doesn’t know how they will ever see her, but she finds new city friends, a pigeon, an ant, and a ladybug, who search for the flowers Claire needs to live. They come upon a tiny urban garden, and as Claire drinks from the flowers’ nectar, she pollinates more flowers. Soon the garden—and Claire's clear wings—fill with color, allowing her family to recognize her at last. Together they create an oasis for all to enjoy.  Facts about glasswing butterflies and pollination complete this beautiful and educational picture book. Kleven’s latest offering is as colorful and delicate as a butterfly’s wings—a treasure that can be cherished for years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803737426
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/18/2013
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 754,860
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Elisa Kleven grew up making dollhouses and collages out of doilies and postage stamps. Today, she is thrilled to carry on building her artistic dream worlds in the form of beautiful picture books. Elisa lives in Berkeley, California.

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"Seasoned illustrator Kleven presents a rich, colorful picture book with a strong ecological message...a joyously optimistic book." - Kirkus Reviews

"This emotionally satisfying story will be equally at home in storytime or science class." - School Library Journal

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Glasswings: A Butterfly's Story 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
GHott More than 1 year ago
Hott Synopsis: “One little butterfly can make a big difference” One afternoon the beautiful glass-winged butterfly, Claire, is swept away from her beautiful meadow full of lush flowers and scrumptious nectar to a concrete jungle lacking color and nourishment. Knowing no way to return to her family, Claire makes the best of it and makes a big difference! Hott Review: What I liked: Adorable! I really enjoyed this book & will absolutely share it. It’s a great book to keep in your library and share! What I didn’t like: Nothing! More… Author: Elisa Kleven Source: JKS Communications Grade: B+ Ages: 2-8
Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Glasswings: A Butterfly’s Story Elisa Kleven is by far one of the best children’s book writers I have had the pleasure of reading. My own child is far from the age group for this particular book but she still enjoyed it as did I. There is quite a bit of symbolism in the book that seems synonymous with human frailty and fears but written in such a way as to make it easy for a child to understand.  As the little butterfly Claire, goes on her journey you float along with her and find yourself longing for a happy ending to her story. Children will no doubt love the tale and the illustrations are done in such a way as to be simplistic yet hold an imaginative beauty that speaks to the young and old.  I would highly recommend this book to all readers, not just those of certain age. Kitty D. Bullard (GMTA Literary Reviews)
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite Glasswings: A Butterfly's Story is written by Elisa Kleven. The author created this book for young preschool children. The design, layout, and formatting of this book deserve a five star rating, it is perfect in the eyes of young readers. The illustrations were done so elegantly and creatively, adding a touch of magic to the story with all the color the pages provide.  It is the story of a young female butterfly who is almost invisible if she isn't next to an object of color because her wings are as clear as glass. The book offers adventure, a sense of self confidence,  friendship, and a lesson in teamwork, as the little butterfly ventures away from her family and ends up alone in a big city with unfamiliar surroundings and resident creatures.  Elisa Kleven took a species of butterfly and created a character in a book to help children understand the specifics of the Glasswing butterfly with ease. Adding that it was magical that the butterfly was clear like glass, but could be any color allows the story to be fun and creative. Elisa provides a fact sheet at the beginning of the book telling younger readers about the actual Glasswing Butterfly. This is a great addition to the book, helping the children understand that although the book is fictional, the butterfly itself is real. The story, combined with the beautiful art that illustrated its pages made this book one of my favorites. I loved it.