Based on the true experiences of the author's great aunt, Marcel Solliliage, this poignant story is a good introduction to the terrors of Nazism, racism, and World War II. The emphasis is on simple friendship and quiet heroism, with an occasional lapse into clichéd metaphor (butterfly as symbol of freedom). Any child can relate to the bewilderment the two friends experience in the face of prejudice. Patricia Polacco has written and illustrated many other picture books, including Chicken Sunday and Pink and Say. (Ages 6 to 9) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I am a grade 3 teacher and recently read The Butterfly with my class as part of our study of the concept of courage. Read morePublished on May 31 2010 by Mrs. Teacher
The book The Butterfly By patricia polacco is a story about a little girl during the 1940's, but her mom was hiding people in the basement. Read morePublished on April 2 2004
I am a college student who wants to become an elementary school teacher. This book was read to us in one of my education classes and I fell in love with it. Read morePublished on July 22 2003
Patricia Polacco captivates young and old alike with this story of friendship and courage that is based on real events. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2001
I loved the "ghost" in this book! I also loved the secret basement in the floor. This is the best book of Patricia Polacco book I've ever read.Published on Oct. 12 2000
Monique finds her life changed by the Nazis during the war; but her real change comes when she discovers a Jewish girl is hiding from them in her own basement. Read morePublished on Aug. 16 2000 by Midwest Book Review
Although nicely written and designed- I do not feel this is an appropriate book, nor subject matter for 4-8 year olds. Read morePublished on July 5 2000