An interactive celebration of butterflies and beauty.
“Sometimes butterflies are blue like the sea… / Pink like candy… / Yellow like the sun….” Each double-page spread features a large, delicately rendered watercolor butterfly accompanied by simple objects in the same color family. The final butterfly is white: “It’s plain, isn’t it? But look what happens when a drop of water lands on its wings and rolls around.” Here, a shiny drop of water adorns one of the white butterfly’s wings. On the next double-page spread, a die-cut butterfly is positioned over a multicolored final page, “reflecting all the colors of the rainbow.” This die-cut butterfly as well as the one on the front cover will encourage little ones to experiment with placing different colors and patterns beneath the cutouts to create their own butterflies. For the most part, a pleasing symmetry is achieved as the objects mentioned in the simple, poetic text are pictured along with the butterfly. In a couple of instances, this symmetry is missing (the butterfly “brown as the earth” is surrounded by a scattering of brown leaves, for instance), but this isn’t enough to mar the loveliness of these pages.
Simple, evocative text and exquisite illustrations make this one to savor. (Board book. 1-4)