Glasswings: A Butterfly's Story
Glasswings: A Butterfly's Story
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Annotation: Claire, a glasswing butterfly lost in the city, turns to her new friends, who help her create a garden that helps her family find her.
Genre: [Animal fiction]
Catalog Number: #70846
Format: Perma-Bound from Publisher's Hardcover
Special Formats: Inventory Sale Inventory Sale
Publisher: Dial
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2013
Pages: 32
Availability: Available (Limited Quantities Available / While Supplies Last)
ISBN: Publisher: 0-8037-3742-4 Perma-Bound: 0-605-71168-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-8037-3742-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-71168-6
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2012017539
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
This uplifting ecological escapade follows Claire, a glasswing butterfly and pollinating powerhouse, as she moves from countryside to urban garden. Since Claire's wings are clear, she tries on different colors, from sky-blue to leafy green. In short descriptive sentences, Kleven describes the day that Claire is swept by the wind from her happy home to a concrete city, and it's as dramatically jarring for readers as it is for Claire. Collage art takes on dizzying perspectives as Claire flies around tall buildings and crowded streets. Kind strangers ant, a ladybug, and a pigeon ke Claire under their wings and lead her to a scrawny garden to find nectar. As the foursome lingers, they help pollinate and seed the garden (people do their part, too). Although she still misses her home, the new blooms please Claire and, one magical day, they attract Claire's family, making the plot a butterfly garden. Fanciful but firmly grounded, this tale will inspire children to create similar green spaces. An author's note explains more.
Horn Book
Vibrant art provides a cheery, detailed setting for the tale of Claire, a Glasswing butterfly with transparent wings. After the wind blows her into the city, Claire lives off nectar from a small garden, where she helps with pollination. In a happy ending, the now-flourishing flowers attract her family when they come looking for her. Information about Glasswings and pollination is included.
Publishers Weekly
As a -glasswing- butterfly with transparent wings, Claire blends in with her surroundings. In a rural area, that means flowers or ferns, but when the wind sweeps her into -a city of concrete and corners,- her wings take on the colors of traffic lights, sidewalks, and buildings. Kleven (The Friendship Wish) blends kaleidoscopic patterns with naïf forms (Claire herself resembles a child-s drawing), creating a vivid patchwork effect. The skyline resembles a quilt with clouds of boiled wool; apartment windows become tapestries of faces and collage prints, while newsprint gives gritty texture to a fledgling community garden. As a girl waters the flowers, Claire and the birds and bugs she has met help cultivate the urban ecosystem: -Claire fluttered among the flowers, sipping their nectar, carrying their sticky yellow pollen from plant to plant.... The ant stirred up the soil they grew in. The pigeon scattered their seeds this way and that.- Readers won-t mind the airy storyline or sentimentality; the radiance of each spread seems purely intended to provoke joy, kindheartedness, and optimism. Ages 3-5. (May.)

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3 In a lovely meshing of science and story, Kleven highlights a lesser-known species of butterfly and introduces concepts about insects and habitats. Claire is a Glasswing butterfly, a species with transparent wings found in Central and South America. One day the wind sweeps her away from the rain forest where she lives with her family, and she ends up in "a city of concrete and corners." She befriends a pigeon, a ladybug, and an ant, and together they turn a few scraggly flowers growing in a vacant lot into a beautiful garden, all by doing what each one does best: carrying pollen from plant to plant, scattering seeds, keeping flowers free from pests, and stirring up the soil. The garden becomes such a riot of color that Claire's butterfly family finds her easily when they come to the city in search of her. Kleven's trademark collages burst with color and are brimming with details that make readers want to walk right into the pictures. This emotionally satisfying story will be equally at home in storytime or science class. Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
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Word Count: 629
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 158857 / grade: Lower Grades

Claire, a glasswing butterfly whose transparent wings reflect her lush home, finds herself lost in the city after being separated from her family. She doesn’t know how they will ever see her, but she finds new city friends, a pigeon, an ant, and a ladybug, who search for the flowers Claire needs to live. They come upon a tiny urban garden, and as Claire drinks from the flowers’ nectar, she pollinates more flowers. Soon the garden—and Claire's clear wings—fill with color, allowing her family to recognize her at last. Together they create an oasis for all to enjoy.  Facts about glasswing butterflies and pollination complete this beautiful and educational picture book. Kleven’s latest offering is as colorful and delicate as a butterfly’s wings—a treasure that can be cherished for years.


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