- Grade Level: 4 - 6
- Paperback: 34 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Large Print edition (July 2, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1470187663
- ISBN-13: 978-1470187668
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 87 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,243,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazing Matilda: A Monarch's Tale Paperback – Large Print, July 2, 2012
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"The Farmer's Son" by John Connell
"A fascinating portrait of a single sensibility, a born noticer, someone on whom nothing is lost, observing birth and death, the landscape, and his own heritage." ―Colm Tóibín, author of "Brooklyn" Learn more
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“Just have patience and follow your instincts, my dear...”
Another friend suggests:
"I could do anything that I wanted to if I only tried long enough and hard enough."
She is frustrated by this good-natured advice because she has no idea how to do what they suggest:
“Sparrow said that I must have patience and that I must follow my instincts. Now, you say I must have wings. Where can I find all of those things?”
As Matilda grows, she changes from a larva to pupa to a gorgeous winged adult. Each stage in Matilda's amazing journey is accompanied with wonderful drawings that show her progress, who she meets, and how she changes.
As a result, readers are not just entertained by the story but happily learn about the development of a butterfly. There are lots of cute lines, such as:
"Matilda crunched and munched and lunched, leaf after leaf, day after day."
If you loved P.D. Eastman's incomparable book, Are You My Mother, about a baby bird's search for its mother, you must read this book. If Charlotte's Web is one of your childhood favorites, I say, Move over Charlotte. Matilda is now here!
This is a short book. In fact. This review is almost longer than the story!
I own the Kindle and paperback version of this book now and I display it proudly in my classroom with my other favorites such as 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and Dr. Seuss classics. With all the ridiculous contemporary children's books being released, which have no positive message or valuable information in them, it's refreshing to find a gem like this one to add to my library.
I highly recommend this book to lovers of nature, animals and children of all ages from two to 100. It is beautifully yet simply illustrated.
This book is packed full of beautiful hand drawn illustrations which will delight any child.
Her friends, the Sparrow, the Frog, and the Bunny, all animals I expected to have had her for their meal, watched over her during her growing cycle, and encourage her to full birth.
This is a cute little story that children will love, and that grown-ups will love reading to them. After reading the story, I found myself asking, “what will a child learn from this?” I like my children’s stories to always leave a lesson. And the lesson here is simply that of the life cycle of a butterfly. A good lesson. The only flaw is that the story did not tell us what age group the story was targeting. This is important with children's stories.