What The Word On The Street Is Reading

This week, our wonderful Volunteer Coordinator Meredith read Bye, Bye, Butterflies by Andrew Larson, published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside. Andrew Larson will be reading from this lovely little book in the Children’s Reading Tent at 11:50 a.m.

About the Book:

One day on a walk with his dad Charlie sees some boys and girls on the rooftop of the school saying goodbye as they release butterflies up into the sky.

Charlie is amazed by all the butterflies flying around and wishes he could do something like that too. And when Charlie starts school next year he becomes a “butterfly scientist” as well and helps his teacher and classmates care for some teeny tiny caterpillars as they grow into butterflies and are released by Charlie and his class. “Bye Bye Butterflies!”

Q & A with Meredith:

1) What drew you to this book?

It arrived on our doorstep yesterday afternoon and upon opening, Cailin (our programming assistant) immediately asked me if I had read it and passed it over. Both her excitement and my own enjoyment of the bright and interesting cover made me want to read more. Jacqueline Hudon-Verrelli’s illustrations from cover to cover are reminiscent of kids colouring yet have subtle shading that make the characters come to life and pull you into the story.

2) Did you enjoy it? 

I definitely enjoyed this book. I found that it was clever and playful from an adult perspective with the lead character, Charles, being told by his father that “he likes it when [they]’re quiet”. The father makes this silence into a game which I think any babysitter, parent or older sibling can recall attempting at one time or another. While Larsen’s writing appeals to the older audience out of nostalgia and camaraderie, Charlie’s story is written in a way that makes the whole journey just a little bit magical for kids and adults alike.

3)  Would you recommend it?

I certainly would recommend this book to anyone who is wanting to (re-)discover the magic in the little natural things in life that we sometimes take for granted as we get older. This is also a great read if you want to ‘oo’ and ‘aw’ over some lovely illustrations. Enjoy the butterflies!


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