THE BLUE BUTTERFLY by Ned O'Gorman

THE BLUE BUTTERFLY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Blue Butterfly, prototypical ingenue who lives on a mountain top in a little glass box, ""loved to go here and there and see the beautiful, odd and curious things of the world."" And so he does -- accompanied in turn by a Green Periwinkle, an Orange Orangutan, a Grey and Light-Black Spider, and four differently colored children -- through a series of fancifully aimless encounters and softly, sometimes strikingly surreal, pictures. The butterfly journeys with a swimming cow and lion to share the sweets and flowers with the children, finds his own home when he's seeking the other side of the mountain, teaches the periwinkle the meaning of ""hot,"" ""dry"" and ""pineapple,"" accompanies the orangutan into an old pyramid and out again, and finally leaves the whole seafaring cast for his own glass box ""where adventure begins."" It's all innocence with very little experience, a misty dream of Eden without the serpent's animating presence.

Pub Date: Oct. 13th, 1971
Publisher: Harper & Row