for this beautiful book suggests something quite special – perhaps a meditation
or a mysterious, moonlit journey.
There’s something magical from the get-go
with Where Do Butterflies Go At Night, and opening the pages reveals
that the words of the story too, are full of an engaging and dreamy charm.
artworks depicting night-time have a particularly luminous quality to them.
A child watches
the butterflies at play through the day as they sip nectar and dance on the
wind, and wonders where they sleep at night.
Do they visit the park, float on
the lake, sleep with the spiders? It’s an excellent question and one that I’m
glad has been posed. Where DO butterflies go at night?
satisfying rhyme and supported with illustrations of glorious colour, this
story tells of the Cabbage White Butterfly in a gentle and accessible way.
narrator pounces out of bed early in the morning but cannot find any trace of
the butterflies from yesterday, we are concerned. Eight a.m. comes and goes,
then nine a.m., and still no sign of the white winged critters. But then, at
ten, they do reappear. Our narrator is able to trace them back to their beds
and finds that they sleep in… spoiler alert… flower petals!
An utterly delightful
book with the added bonus of an ‘Action’ plan at the end for conservation
ideas, with ways to attract these important pollinators into your own garden at
home. An extra feel-good factor is that this publisher uses FSC and/or recycled
papers, and soy-based inks. What’s not to love!
addition for home and school libraries.
Title: Where Do Butterflies Go At Night?
Author: Jeanne Balsam
Illustrator: Stella Mongodi
Publisher: Ethicool $25.00
Publication Date: July 2022
For ages: 0 – 6
Type: Picture Book