Bye, Bye, Butterflies! (Tell-Me-More Storybook)

Andrew Larsen
Fitzhenry & Whiteside (2012)
ISBN 9781554552207

Reviewed by Hailey Schlarman (age 4) and Mom for Reader Views (7/13)

“Bye, Bye, Butterflies!” by Andrew Larsen chronicles the story of a little boy named Charlie as he sees a group of children release butterflies from the top of a school building while he is on a walk with his dad.  Charlie wishes he could release the butterflies too.  When Charlie attends school the next year and becomes a “butterfly scientist” taking care of tiny caterpillars until they grow into butterflies and are released by Charlie and his classmates, he realizes exactly what Bye-Bye Butterfly is all about.

Hailey:  The boy was walking with his daddy and saw the kids on top of the school letting the butterflies fly into the sky.  He asked his daddy if he could do it too.  Charlie goes to school; I am going to school too! He takes care of the teeny tiny cute little caterpillars until they grow big and become beautiful butterflies.  Charlie and his friends go to the top of the school with his teacher and let the pretty butterflies go.  They all say bye-bye.  The butterflies are happy.  They are pretty.  The kids are happy.  I am happy.

Mom:   “Bye, Bye, Butterflies!” is a cute book about a boy who dreams of joining the other kids on the school grounds before he is old enough to do so.  His father lovingly reassures him that one day he will also be able to learn like they do.  When Charlie goes to school he discovers just what every other child has discovered before him. Charlie discovers the change of a caterpillar into a butterfly and the beauty they hold within.  Just like those before him, Charlie lets the butterflies go, bidding them goodbye.  This book is colorful, artistic and whimsical in nature.  It was a relaxing story that encourages imagination and understanding of the world around us.  My daughter enjoyed “Bye, Bye, Butterflies!” by Andrew Larsen and I did as well.  I would recommend it to others.

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