Butterflies Belong Here
A Story of One Idea, Thirty Kids, and a World of Butterflies
What is this book about?
Butterflies Belong Here is a powerful story of everyday activism and hope. In this moving story of community conservation, a recently immigrated girl finds a home in a new place and a way to help other small travelers. This book is about the real change children can make in conservation and advocacy—in this case, focusing on beautiful monarch butterflies.
I know what to look for: large black-and-orange wings with a border of small white specks, flitting from flower to flower, sipping nectar. But though I looked hard, I couldn’t find even one. I wondered if monarch butterflies belonged here. I wondered if I did, too.
Butterflies Belong Here is proof that even the smallest of us are capable of amazing transformations.
“The premise, of an immigrant girl who relates both to an endangered butterfly’s journey to its new home and to a shy caterpillar’s shedding of its skin, is smart. After learning English via books about butterflies, our narrator initiates the building of a monarch way station. … So’s gorgeous illustrations pit boldly defined monarchs against a feathery watercolor world.” (The New York Times)
“[T]houghtful … [C]olorful … This beautiful picture book unites fiction with facts while quietly promoting environmental activism.” (Booklist, starred review)
“Following an earlier, similarly structured collaboration by this team (Follow the Moon Home) about a child gaining self-assurance while working on an environmental project, Hopkinson and So introduce a brown-skinned girl whose confidence grows as she organizes her class to start a milkweed garden for migrating monarchs. … So’s delicate mixed-media drawings capture the girl’s classmates and portrays the protagonist as she journeys from lonely newcomer to poised leader.” (Publishers Weekly)
author, Deborah Hopkinson
illustrator, Meilo So
ages 5 and up, 2020
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