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VELMA GRATCH & THE WAY COOL BUTTERFLY by Alan Madison

VELMA GRATCH & THE WAY COOL BUTTERFLY

By Alan Madison (Author) , Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Oct. 9th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-375-83597-1
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade/Random

First-time first-grader Velma Gratch finds that extricating herself from the grandiose shadows of her older sisters is a daunting task. Frieda and Fiona were beloved of every teacher that Velma now has, and even when she does get some attention it tends to be of the negative variety. It’s only when her class begins a unit on butterflies that Velma really begins to come into her own. Science is an area that neither of her sisters ever gave much thought to, and a class trip to the local butterfly conservatory is heaven to Velma. Unexpectedly, while she’s there, a single monarch lands on her finger, refusing to let go. The solution to this predicament happily gives both girl and butterfly exactly what they need. Madison’s tale of a child finding a way to distinguish herself works in a variety of fun butterfly facts. Hawkes deftly replicates the wingspan of a monarch butterfly in Velma’s thick ponytails, giving the general impression of a girl emerging from her old self into her new. (Picture book. 5-8)