Velma Gratch & the Way Cool Butterfly
Velma's sisters think her fascination with butterflies is "way cool" (and I think her supportive, affectionate sisters are pretty cool themselves . . .love them!). They also are excited when Velma's class goes on a trip to a butterfly conservatory. There, a wondrous event takes place: a monarch butterfly lands on Velma's finger. The monarch won't let go, as Velma sleeps and plays and goes to class. What can Velma do? By the time she figures out how to help her butterfly migrate, Velma is far from being the forgettable little Gratch sister. She has come into her own.
Fascinating butterfly facts are explained simply, woven into this story of sibling rivalry. Colorful end papers display different types of butterflies. There's plenty of action plus adorable illustrations as Velma learns about a butterfly's metamorphosis--and experiences one herself, making VELMA GRATCH & THE WAY COOL BUTTERFLY a way cool triumph.
This is one of the best children's books I have seen in a long time. I ordered one from Amazon, read it, and then ordered another copy for a second grandchild. I love to give my grandchildren books, but I read each book before I give it to be sure it meets my standards. OK, so I am the third daughter myself and I have (and always have had) lots of red hair and big glasses, just like Velma Gratch. That is not the only reason I identify with her; everyone would! I particularly like the sisters, who are supportive and friendly.