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Farfallina & Marcel Paperback – May 10, 2005
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Keller's story opens with little Farfallina, a caterpillar, munching on a leaf during a gentle spring rain. Her munching disturbs a handsome gosling that quickly befriends the caterpillar. Despite the fact that they make an unlikely pair, they become the warmest of friends. Their friendship is rocked by separation however when one day Farfallina must rest. For weeks she is gone and Marcel realizes that he must grow up without her. A happy reunion finds them still fast friends despite the growth and change each has had to face.
The illustrations in this book are fantastic. Kellers use of watercolors, is alive with bold vibrant colors that capture the attention of any reader. Her pictures are incredibly cute and resemble the sweet friendship Marcel and Farfallina share. Keller's illustrations encourage readers to peruse each page liesurely. I have always loved finding hidden pictures, and although Keller does not necessarily intend this, children can look for Farfallina's cocoon in the tree tops or note the changes in Marcel's feathers. Without the pictures, the story wouldn't be the same.
I look forward to sharing this book with little ones during story time at the public library. Allowing the children the opportunity to visualize the colorful pictures as this heartwarming story is told will truly be a pleasure. I hope that they enjoy the story as much as I have. I've added it to my wish list and look forward to giving a second copy to my nieces.
supplement to my "Growing" unit. My class sat so still (I didn't know they could sit so still!) and it gave me the opportunity to launch into my "growing" unit! Fabulous book, beautiful pictures, gently touches upon growing and changing.
A caterpillar is eating a leaf one day during a gentle rain, a leaf which happens to be the temporary umbrella of a small gray bird. The caterpillar, Farfalina and the young bird, Marcel become close and fast friends. They play games, go places together and they talk. This goes on until one day Farfallina "feels strange" and climbs to the top of a tree for a "rest." Time passes. Marcell cannot find his friend and does not know where she has gone. Time passes.
Of course you can imagine the rest of the story. When the two friends finally meet again weeks later, Farfallina is no longer a caterpillar but rather a beautiful butterfly and Marcel is no longer a little gray bird but has been transformed in to a magnificent grey goose. Will there friendship remain? Will they recognize each other? Will the rather dramatic changes in their physical appearance alter their feelings for each other?
Holly Keller is one of the "top guns" of children's literature and there are reasons for this...she is good at what she does and she deserves it! There is something absolutely mesmerizing and almost hypnotic to her prose which can absolutely settle a room full of kids (3 to 5 years old) down with the reading of the first page. They are absolutely transfixed throughout the reading.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can hear Farfallina and Marcel's voices in my head as I read the story. An engaging tale about two very different characters who enjoy being together, are kind and solicitous to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sarah Dell
Farfallina is a caterpillar who makes friends with a gosling named Marcel. Farfallina likes to go for a ride on Marcel's back when Marcel swims in the pond. Read morePublished 4 months ago by L. M. Keefer
I love this story!! I was expecting it to be more enjoyable, however. The Spanish version is my favorite!!Published 9 months ago by M Velasco
Very nice story and my son enjoyed it and made a project in this story.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great addition to any children's book collection! Very cute!Published 17 months ago by Mother of two