Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Little Butterfly - a bookwrap


Authored and illustrated by Laura Logan
Ages 4-8

Unwrapping some fabulous illustrations...

About the book...

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."  Aesop

This book can be told as such a delicate, tender love story with magic woven all through it.  The colour palette is soft and uses only a few colours to make such breathtaking (and memorable) illustrations.  It is a wordless picture book allowing the reader to narrate an imaginative, creative storyline and have language and ideas flow along with pictures.  

A little girl arrives home from school one day and as she gets off the bus her orange cape snags and tears.  The girl throws off her backpack and lopes across a field encountering her cat.   A monarch butterfly flutters by and is injured by the curious, playful cat.  The girl feeling compassion for the poor damaged insect gently scoops it up and discovers to her relief that it is not a life threatening injury. 

She then curls up under her cape for a well-deserved nap and finds to her surprise that she is covered with a living blanket of monarch butterflies who lovingly transport her over land and sea to their secret grove of trees reserved only for their species.  Then supernaturally she sprouts wings of her own to join in with the thousands and thousand of butterflies that are fluttering about and resting among the trees.  

Her unbelievable journey ends when her own wing cape transports her back to the field where her journey had started.  The images are truly amazing and so easy to get lost in... a feature that I personally love.  

It is a book full of wonder and awe and will ignite lovely conversations with those telling the story and deciding in their version if the little girl's experience is real or just a dream.  The author's note at the end of the book touches on the actual migration of the monarch butterfly and the special meaning that Monarch butterflies have for her.  

I love the book.  I feel that every child's collection of books should include wordless books enabling them to be the principal story teller which allows lots of opportunity to engage in imaginative storytelling and vocabulary enhancement.  

Critical Praise

“In her fine-lined multimedia illustrations, Logan captures the curious, imaginative mind of a child engrossed with the beauty of nature. Combining poignant facial expressions with gentle, playful illustrations on crisp white two-page spreads, Logan’s tender tale is captivating and charming. —Booklist

About the author...

Laura Logan was inspired to create Little Butterfly, her picture book debut as an author-illustrator, after a dream she once had about flying and about letting go. Laura lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, son, and daughter.

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