Velma Gratch & the Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison. il Kevin Hawkes.
Schwartz & Wade Books/Random House: NY, 2007.

Velma, the youngest of 3 sisters, wants to be known for something, as her sisters are. There's a good chance she can make her mark with Science. She loves the extra long words. She's mesmerized by the metamorphosis of the butterflies her class is studying. Best of all, she gets a chance to actually touch one on their trip to the Butterfly Conservatory.

Once her special butterfly becomes attached to her, the story is funny in its ridiculousness. The juxtaposition of the story and pictures is great. Half of the pictures can stand alone; they are so good. Some of them also show immense emotion and character-such as the picture of woe when the principal reprimands Velma for keeping her butterfly and the ones expressing her awe of the butterflies.

related-butterflies, schools, individuality, sisters
RL=1st-2nd, read aloud toddler-K

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