REVIEW of CLAUDIA & MOTH

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

PreS-Gr 2—Claudia loves butterflies and spends her spring and summer days chasing and observing them. Her wise mother doesn't allow her to take them home: "No, it wouldn't be right" she says, more than once. Her wise father buys her a paint box and encourages her to paint them, and that works for a while—she is good at it and papers her walls with pictures she has made. But when winter comes, with all its white, Claudia despairs—"there is truly nothing left to paint." A surprise comes in the form of a sweater-eating moth. Knowing it's "not right," Claudia paints the wings of the moth to resemble a butterfly. Drama ensues when the moth escapes, but all is well when he returns and she paints a picture of him to add to her collection. Rolli's illustrations are painted in oil on brown paper and the bright, texture-rich, full-page spreads are a delight. Life is full of little frustrations, and finding ways to mitigate them is part of building resilience and creativity. VERDICT Recommended. Pair this read-aloud or read-alone title with Alan Madison's Velma Gratch & the Way Cool Butterfly for a discussion of our relationships and responsibilities to wild things.—Lisa Lehmuller, Paul Cuffee Maritime Charter School, Providence

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Claudia loves butterflies.

Blue ones.

Yellow ones.

Purple one with dots.

And since she can't take them home, she paints them

in all their beautiful colors.

But when winter comes creeping in, there are

no more butterflies to paint

and Claudia loses the

pep in her step...Until,

one bitterly cold day she finds a little moth in her sweater drawer who unexpectedly

helps her see winter in a

whole new light!

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Matthew Winner's

PODCAST BUNNY

interviews CLAUDIA