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Velma Gratch & the Way Cool Butterfly
by Alan Madison and Kevin Hawkes


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This School Library Journal Best Book of the Year celebrates everything butterfly, from migration to metamorphosis Kids will love reading about Velma's own transformation from a timid first grader into a confident scientist.

It's hard to be Velma entering first grade.  Read more...


 
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Overview

This School Library Journal Best Book of the Year celebrates everything butterfly, from migration to metamorphosis Kids will love reading about Velma's own transformation from a timid first grader into a confident scientist.

It's hard to be Velma entering first grade. That's because everyone has marvelous memories of her two older sisters, who were practically perfect first graders, and no one even notices Velma. But all that changes on a class trip to the butterfly conservatory, a place neither of her sisters has been. When a monarch roosts on Velma's finger and won't budge for days--no one will ever forget it . . . or her

Here's the perfect addition to any science curriculum.


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780375835971
  • ISBN-10: 0375835970
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
  • Publish Date: October 2007
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 12.16 x 9.34 x 0.41 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.15 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > School & Education

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 54.
  • Review Date: 2007-10-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

At the center of Madison’s (The Littlest Grape Stomper) picture book is first-grader Velma Gratch; despite her round eyeglasses and bushy red pigtails, she worries that she isn’t as memorable as her well-known older siblings—until she discovers butterflies. “She adored the ones with colorful names: brown elfin, frosted flasher, sleepy orange. And the ones with funny names: comma, question mark, American snout.” During a school trip to a butterfly conservatory, which Velma aptly calls a “can-serve-the-story” in a humorous if too-cute Junie B.-esque malapropism, the otherwise ordinary story veers abruptly into fantasy. A monarch perches on Velma’s finger and won’t let go (she attends ballet class with it on her finger and sleeps with her butterfly hand on a pillow), finally giving her the distinction she craves. Hawkes’s (Library Lion) paintings ably convey the colorful differences between the types of butterflies. His work shines most brightly, perhaps, on his witty endpapers: the opening papers show caterpillars (including an “orange-tipped Gratch”); the papers at the end display butterflies (Velma is now a “Small Gratchis”), underscoring the character’s own metamorphosis. Both adults and emerging conservationists should appreciate this leisurely story about finding one’s bliss. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)

 
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