The Butterfly House

The Butterfly House

Book - 2014
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Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Jack, Lizzy, and their naughty cat, Cat, are off to spend the afternoon with their grandmother. But Georgina Fiona-May Orbis is no ordinary grandmother—she knows how to turn into a butterfly! With its lush spreads and sweet story, The Butterfly House will capture the imaginations of young and old alike.

Baker & Taylor
Lizzy and Jack take their new cat to visit their grandmother and her house full of butterflies.

Publisher: London : Tate Publishing, Limited 2014
ISBN: 9781849762052
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations


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May 11, 2015

Lizzy and Jack visit their grandmother who owns a butterfly house full of butterflies. Grandma tells them they will turn into a butterfly if one lands on their noses. This almost happens several times. The door to the butterfly house gets left open and all the butterflies escape. Lizzy and Jack help to gather them all before they go home. But when they leave, something very unusual happens to Grandma.

The illustrations appear to be created with a combination of pencil and pastel. They are richly detailed, colorful, and have a vintage feel to them.

This story was somewhat confusing. The part about the children visiting Grandma and her butterfly house was interesting. But the beginning shows her looking like a caterpillar with many legs, but then normal on the next page. In the end did she actually turn into a butterfly or did she die? Was she actually a butterfly to begin with? This story felt like an allegory for Grandma slowly morphing with age until she died. If this is not the case, then this is simply an unusual story where the unexpected happens. I would recommend for grades 1-3.

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