I Wish I Were a Butterfly

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1987 - Cricket stories - 32 pages
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Amid the tinted foliage and tangled undergrowth of a waning season, day breaks on Swampswallow Pond. But while most of the crickets fiddle happily at their music and passersby go about their business, the littlest cricket struggles with a mighty problem. Forced to question his identity, he seeks counsel and reassurance from a very special friend.

Wisdom blows softly as dandelion seed through this miniature world brilliantly magnified with delicate words and shimmering strokes. James Howe and Ed Young work together in perfect harmony to create a story with a spirit as refreshing as childhood itself.


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In this story, a little cricket thinks he is ugly because the frog in the pond told him so, and all he wants is to be a butterfly, not realizing the wealth of talent he possessed. This book had ... Read full review

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User Review  - KelseyAnnB - LibraryThing

I thought this was a really lovely book with beautiful illustrations. I loved that it dealt with the different things that make us beautiful, and how one person's opinion of us is not fact. Even as an ... Read full review

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James Howe has published more than seventy books for young readers, including the wildly popular Bunnicula, which, along with its sequels, has earned children's choice awards in 18 states. His other books include the Sebastian Barth mysteries, the Pinky and Rex read-aloud series, and The Watcher, a highly acclaimed young adult novel. ED YOUNG is the renowned author-illustrator of more than fifty books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China and the Caldecott Honor book Seven Blind Mice. He lives in New York.

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