Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Farfalla: A Story of Loss and Hope Paperback – September 1, 2012
From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A little beetle and his mother discover many yellow-and-black caterpillars on the leaves of a blueberry bush. They become friends, but soon the caterpillars disappear into white glistening cocoons. Little Beetle thinks of all the fun he will have when his friends become butterflies. One day they emerge from their cocoons, dance in the garden, and fly away. A single cocoon remains, and the little beetle names his butterfly-to-be Farfalla. When no butterfly emerges, Mother Beetle puts a leg around her son and gently explains, "Butterflies that are not born go to live with all other butterflies who die and fly up in the sky with the stars and the moon." Three nighttime spreads reinforce this idea, as a shimmering yellow butterfly says goodbye to Little Beetle. The final spread shows him with the returning butterflies bright against the blue sky. The simple images in the full-color illustrations capture Little Beetle's feelings of friendship, anticipation, disappointment, sorrow, and acceptance. Mother Beetle's comforting presence will be mirrored by caring adults helping children who have experienced the loss of a lovingly anticipated sibling. However, the book will need adult explanation as many children are likely to be confused about what happened to Farfalla.-Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TNα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I love the colors of the book and that it wasn't very long. There were pictures on every page and not a lot of words.
I really love this book. It is so hard to explain to our kids about loss. My daughter had been closer to it than most. Her biological father walked out on us when she was just a month old. And she has lost a few pets in the past years. It was very hard to find words that she would understand without getting into a religious stance on god, goddess, and everywhere in between.
I do wish that the book would have been bound instead of stapled. The pages are coming off of the book. So it doesn't give you the option to read it many times. And at almost 9.00 I really would like to enjoy this book with all of my kids.
"*I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."
Many children have to deal with death. I am sure that everyone can think of someone (person or pet) that they knew as a child that passed away. It can be difficult and scary and very sad. Vanita Oelschlager's story gives children a sense of understanding. She gently explains in a universal and non-religious way what happens when we die.
The illustrations: The artwork is beautiful. I like the bright colors and the way they contrast with the heavy black outlines. Blackwood has a lovely style that is well suited to both the story and the subject. My daughter loves this book because of the "pretty butterflies".
This quick read is not based on religion or God, so for those parents who aren't into such things, this book* would work well; on the other hand, the little 'farfalla' that didn't make it does fly off into the moon and stars, so for the religious, this book could also work as well.
*Note: I read an e-version for review, so I cannot comment on the quality of the physical book.
I like books that can teach a valuable lesson and this one did, but at the same time I thought the ending was a little abrupt and left off in a bit of a sad place.
Overall this was a good book, but not one I would recommend for very young children. I think it would be better for kids over six.
This review is based on a digital copy from Netgalley.