Fluttering through the forest in search of a home, a butterfly kiss passes by an unreceptive tiger, crocodile, and stork and finally lands on a small child who is snuggling down to sleep. Children's Lit Guild.
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PreSchool-Grade 1-A butterfly tries to find a home where its kiss will be accepted. In the course of a day it meets a tiger, elephant, crocodile, stork, rabbit, bat, and a domesticated cow that lives on an isolated farm with a human grandfather and grandchild. The various animals refuse the butterfly's affection for various reasons, some more credible and less offensive than others. The rhythm of the request for shelter and the various refusals lend the feeling of an ancient story or fairy tale to the text. The ending, with a good-night kiss for a child at bedtime, provides simple closure, acceptance, and comfort. The setting is not specified, though it seems to be Africa or perhaps India-someplace that still has expanses of forest and wildlife that border human habitation. The text is a simple refrain, so most of the interest is supplied by the illustrations. The butterfly is seen soaring across the forest from above, alternating with close-ups of the individual animals in their habitats. Vyner uses the page turn to fine effect, offering a wide range of perspectives. The artist's palette is sometimes more vivid than natural, but this choice avoids the routine of natural browns and greens, and the watercolors provide the softness of focus that such a gentle story requires. A good animal tale that sets the stage for a good night's sleep.
Ruth K. MacDonald, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA
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Ages 4^-6. A kiss in the shape of a butterfly goes searching for a home. But for a wide variety of reasons, a tiger, an elephant, a stork, a crocodile, a hare, and a bat all refuse the kiss. In despair, the kiss takes the advice of a friendly cow and flutters happily between an old man and his grandchild as they give each other a goodnight kiss. The slight narrative is illustrated with colorful, realistic portraits of the animals and rich background images of forest and sky, which capture the mood of the warm story. A low-key read-aloud--better to share in pairs or small groups than in large story-time settings. April Judge
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Book Description HMH Books for Young Readers, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110152008411
Book Description HMH Books for Young Readers. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0152008411 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.1049176
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