Scholastic Press: NY, 1999.
A young girl saves a caterpillar from a jay, and her grandfather helps her to make a home for the larva and butterfly it will become, as he did as a boy. The story describes the steps and time passing with the girl's thoughts. The girl is shown as an old woman at the end, surrounded by butterflies in her garden. A nice touch for a story filled with a sense of awe.
Greg Shed's paintings beautifully illustrate the story. Eve Bunting has written an astounding number of books. Every one I've read has had a different illustrator, and yet so many have this sense of awe - both the text and illustrations.
At the end, there are instructions for raising and releasing a butterfly. Bunting, Shed, and the model for the girl all have raised butterflies.
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