With the help of her grandfather, a little girl makes a house for a larva and watches it develop before setting it free, and every summer after that butterflies come to visit her.With the help of her grandfather, a little girl makes a house for a larva and watches it develop before setting it free, and every summer after that butterflies come to visit her.Read Less
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What a wonderful book! It is both fun and educational on how to raise a butterfly. Together Grandpa and his Granddaughter explore how to make a safe place for a butterfly larva to grow into a beautiful butterfly and what flowers are best. As well as educational, this story shows the caring guiding love a Grandfather has for his Granddaughter. The Granddaughter reflects the gentle love her Grandfather has towards her and she inturn showers her larvae with gentle love. When it comes time for the Painted Lady butterfly to leave, the story touches on the saddness the little girl experiences. Grandpa supports her through her saddness and loss. The story ends with the Granddaughter being as old as her Grandpa was at the beginning of the book. As an elderly person - her garden glows with the flowers that Painted Lady Butterflies like best. She and her neighbors get together and talk about their gardens and these butterflies as well. This illustration of this book is well well done. Bravo!
Publishers Weekly, 1999-05-24 In this somewhat treacly memoir, a girl saves a caterpillar, "a small black creature/ like a tiny worm,/ ...from a greedy jay/ who wanted it/ for lunch." Her grandpa explains that she has found a larva that will become a butterfly, and the two make a shoebox home for it, decorated with cut-paper flowers and topped with a sky-blue lid and a "curve of rainbow/ like a hug/ to keep her safe." When the caterpillar transforms into a painted lady, the girl lets it go. Many years later, when the granddaughter has reached her grandfather's age, butterflies continue to flock to her garden. Bunting precisely documents the raising of the butterfly, but, unlike her other intergenerational tale, I Have an Olive Tree (reviewed above), this story conveys little of the relationship between the girl and her grandfather. Much of the connection between the girl and her rescued pet comes through at the end, thanks to Shed's (also teamed with Bunting for Dandelions) close-up paintings in a smudgy pastel palette that connects past and present with an air of timelessness. A step-by-step guide to raising a butterfly closes the book. Ages 5-8. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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