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Butterfly Blink, by Karl Beckstrand

Posted by Bethanny Lawson on April 20, 2016 at 8:25 PM

"Follow the stages of a monarch butterfly from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. With each blink the butterflies multiply (until a playful dog disperses them). Children (ages 2 – 6) cement vocabulary as they make up stories to go with colorful illustrations. Wordless book activities include finding and naming insects and characters and describing the action in this butterfly book. Includes diverse kids, special concern species, and insect habitat conservation. Blink and they multiply—blink and they’re gone!"

Short Summary: This wordless book is a unique approach to learning that very young children will appreciate.

Full Review: This book is different than any I have reviewed before, and is much different than most books I remember ever reading. There isn't one word in the entire book. This makes it a very quick read, something to keep children busy even before they can read while fostering an appreciation of books, and helps spark imagination as children tell the story themselves.

     The only complaint I have is that it's difficult to understand what the point is or where the plot is going unless you've read the synopsis, where the author explains the purpose and intent of his wordless book. Otherwise, you're just not going to get it. However, if you read the synopsis, there should be no trouble.

     This book should be used to encourage children's imaginations and creativity. Instead of being read to, they see the pictures and make the story up on their own. If an adult is there with them, they can help guide the children in the direction the author intended. Thinking of my four year old sister, I know she would have no trouble with any of that!

     In conclusion, there isn't a doubt that this is a children's book. Adults reading it to them: don't overthink it. Just let the kids read to you this time.

Overall Rating: 4

*I recieved this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

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