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Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly (2007)

by Alan Madison

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48 months - all about butterflies, and The Butterfly Pavilion is one of O's favorite places to visit so this was perfect... We learned a few good vocabulary words such as metamorphosis and conservatory. The little girl is trying to find a way to stand out at school and the butterflies help make it happen. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
Velma is the youngest of her sisters and she's starting first grade. Her two older sisters are known for the good things that they've done while Velma is known for the opposite. It takes her science class to bring out Velma's individuality based on the topic of butterflies. I loved how Velma began to incorporate large words into her vocabulary because of her admiration for butterflies. She even went beyond to study about them, which became apparent at the conservatory. Overall, I enjoyed reading and learning about the butterfly's wings. ( )
  jwesley | Feb 23, 2015 |
Velma is a little girl who wants to stand out to her teachers. She is living in the light of her two older sisters who have already impressed her teachers. Velma discovers the lesson about being who you are and being recognized for doing good.

Good science about a caterpillars metamorphosis into a butterfly as well.

The illustrations are fun too. Velma is a unique little gal and she is well depicted by the illustrator. The inside font and back covers show illustrations of caterpillars and butterflies (although they don't match up so you can compare before and after)(similar to An Egg is Quite and a Seed is Sleepy) ( )
  dms02 | Feb 27, 2014 |
The main idea throughout the book is individualism. Throughout the story Velma is striving to be remembered by her teacher just like her older sisters were. Velma felt as though she did not belong in 1st grade because she was no special enough. This story is very relatable for young children who look up and are striving to be like their older siblings. I really enjoyed this book because the story is very original. I enjoyed the small alliterations throughout the story such as " weightless and wondrous" which just made it fun and easy to read. The book also introduces great vocabulary words such as migration, metamorphosis, and conservatory. Along with the interesting story were huge and colorful illustrations, which added to lengthy pages. ( )
  mderob1 | Feb 26, 2014 |
Great and friendly book that sends a positive, clear message. The charcoal art is bright, detailed, and stylized and often spreads both pages making for some huge pictures. Definitely a great book for kids with older siblings because the story is about a younger sibling living in her older siblings' shadows. The butterfly/metamorphosis metaphor is a good angle for teaching the importance of individuality. Some surprisingly clever language throughout. Keep this one in mind! ( )
  nbabyak | Jan 26, 2014 |
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To Lena, who, in my eyes, always has a butterfly on her finger. And to those most gracious Gratch girls, especially Barbara, Laura, and Mina, for their constant inspiration. -- A.M.
To Karen Carlson, Queen of Metamorphosis. And special thanks to Winston Barton. -- K.H.
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This School Library Journal Best Book of the Year celebrates everything butterfly, from migration to metamorphosis! 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! Kids will love reading about Velma's own transformation in this perfect addition to any science curriculum.

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Velma starts first grade in the shadow of her memorable older sisters, and while her newfound interest in butterflies helps her to stand out, it also leads to an interesting complication.

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