Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Velma Gratch and the way cool butterfly

Our caterpillars are now chrysalises (say that ten times fast).  We actually already witnessed one caterpillars metamorphosis into butterfly.  But I didn't keep a photo log of the changes... so my BIG post on the whole journey is still futuristic.  Here's a sneak peak of what they look like this morning (I just snapped this pic before posting).
The black one is about ready to emerge.  If you look closely at the bottom you can see bits of orange... those are wings.  The green one is approximately one day behind the other.

As we're waiting... we've been reading.  Please, do yourself a favor and check out Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.  You'll be glad you did!
Velma has two older sisters who are always getting recognition.  Velma's always getting forgotten.  She's on a journey to make her mark on the world!  To be remembered!  As she's discovering herself she also discovers a lot about this favorite insect of mine.
Velma's class has the chance to take a field trip to the local butterfly conservatory.  She watches as butterflies land on classmates all around her.  All she wants is for one to land on her too.  In the very last possible moment one does!  ...and it doesn't want to fly away.
It's a wonderful book.  Fantastic story!  Beautiful illustrations!  Wonderful message!  Read it!

I told you we've already watched one butterfly's transformation this season... here it is!  Before it took flight into the bright blue sky, it lit upon Snoopy's head.  It stayed there for nearly a minute, then gathered itself and took wing to sky.
What did Snoopy think?  "MOM!  That butterfly made me look like a girl!"
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