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Butterfly Blink: A Book Without Words (Stories Without Words) (Volume 2) Paperback – March 7, 2016
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About the Author
Karl Beckstrand is the bestselling and award-winning author of 18 multicultural books and more than 50 e-book titles (reviews by Kirkus, School Library Journal, The Horn Book blog, ForeWord Reviews). Raised in San Jose, CA, he has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a broadcast & film certificate from Film A. Academy. Since 2004 he has run Premio Publishing. A college media instructor, Beckstrand has presented to Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, city and state governments, festivals, and schools. Beckstrand's nationally lauded Y.A. stories, e-book mysteries, ESL/ELL Spanish/bilingual books, nonfiction, and wordless books feature ethnically diverse characters—and usually end with a twist. His work has appeared in: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Border’s Books, Costco, Deseret Book, iBooks, The Children’s Miracle Network, LDS Film Festival, the U.S. Congressional Record, Papercrafts Magazine, and various broadcasts. FB, Twitter, http://KarlBeckstrand.com, http://PremioBooks.com
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Top Customer Reviews
Butterfly Blink is a cute book meant for little kids.
This book shows the progression of a butterfly, and how they interact with little kids.
The illustrations in this book were very good. They were descriptive and very interesting. I liked how there was some black and white, and some color.
I could see little kids having a lot of fun with this book. They could make up stories about the pictures, and learn new words like butterfly, and colors. Little kids could be taught a lot about birds and butterflies and insects too while looking at this book with someone older.
I couldn't really see a story in this book, but I can see little kids and toddlers enjoying looking at the pictures.
Overall, this is an interesting picture book that would be great for a little kid.
Butterfly Blink is a book without words. It is intended to be a learning tool for children between the ages of 2 and 6.
When Karl asked if Truth About Books would review his book, my first thought was: I’m not qualified to review a children’s book. I have no children and I’m not a teacher. However, I was a docent for the Monarch Butterfly Exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum and currently an Interpretative Volunteer at the San Diego Zoo’s Insect House. I also have two close friends, one here in San Diego and one in England, who teach special needs children in the target age range of the book. So, between the three of us, I believe we are more than qualifies to review his book.
All three of us came to pretty much the same conclusions.
Without the explanation on Amazon, the intent and use of the book was confusing. We strongly suggest that the author provide an insert, or a preface page for the Kindle version, so that the books user understands how it is intended to be used.
We found the simplicity, open ended messages, mix of objects per page and whimsical quality of the objects and actions on each page to likely attract a child’s attention.
However, given the target age group, we all thought that brighter colors and less clutter on some of the pages might help better hold a child’s attention. We also all missed the blinking eyes and objects buried in the background until our third time through. Thus, making the eyes and objects a bit more pronounced might help draw attention to them.
The teacher in England also suggested that adding different materials and textures to the paperback/hard copy books might also help attract and hold a child’s interest. She also thought that a CD, to play along with the book might be a nice addition.
Along those same lines, I was the only one who caught on to the “Life Cycle theme”; perhaps because of my involvement with the Monarch exhibit. Thus, the author might want to add that to the insert or preface material for those not familiar with the life cycle.
I would like to thank the author for requesting our review and sincerely hope he takes our review comments as constructively as they are intended. Overall, we all found the approach a wonderful way to attract and hold (given a few changes) a child’s attention as well as providing a new and unique learning tool for teachers.
I remember being the ages of 2 through 6 (yes, even age 2 and younger), This book would have entranced me because I loved butterflies! As I grew older, I learned more and more about them on my own, even to the point where I learned their Latin names.
I think a book without words is a fascinating concept. It is one which I have no problem grasping, and not just because I am the mother of two sons with severe autism. It is absolutely a suitable book for a child with a disability, As well, as I have had three other sons who read and continue to read as adults, I "get" the delight they would have taken in the colorful illustrations in Butterfly Blink. No words needed!
I like the fact that there was a dog in the book, and some children, so that the reader can relate to the story from different angles. I loved the luscious colors and duly noted the commentary you will see when the book is ended. We need to take care of our creatures! All in all, a lovely book with stunning illustrations. Just be gentle with it, with your littlest one.
The back of the book is where author Karl Beckstrand shares interesting facts regarding monarch butterflies losing their primary food source and what children can do to help. If we don’t do something now, we could blink and they would be gone. This little guide would be a great project for any home or school. Parents and teachers will enjoy introducing young readers to the monarch.