The Yellow Butterfly
Publication Date: April 2010
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Children learn in this charmingly illustrated story that they can make a difference by making selfless decisions. Bobby and Susi discover a magical yellow butterfly that can sing in their rose garden. Totally amazed by their special find, the children run off to tell their grandfather of this wonder of nature. Bobby and Susi listen spellbound as he tells them of an ancient legend in which butterflies were trained to go out into the world and spread hope and love through the granting of wishes. Enthralled with his story, and thinking more and more about what they'd like to have, the brother and sister decide to capture the magic butterfly and make their wish come true. Though once they have her in captivity, they realize that the butterfly's freedom is more important than their wish. In the unselfish act of releasing the butterfly, the two children come to understand that their true wish is one of love.
Mehrnaz S. Gill works in geriatrics at the Texas Consortium of Geriatric Education Centers and the Huffington Center on Aging. She is the recipient of the 2008 KTRK-TV, Houston, Texas, 13 Women of Distinction Award; the 2007 Excellence in Bloom Award presented by the Huffington Center on Aging; and the 2005 Volunteer of the Year Award from the National Association of Fundraisers. She lives in Houston, Texas. Lindsay Ward is an illustrator and graphic designer. She lives in Boston.