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A Butterfly’s Story

Elisa Kleven


List Price: 17.99*
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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.

Praise For Glasswings: A Butterfly’s Story

"Seasoned illustrator Kleven presents a rich, colorful picture book with a strong ecological message...a joyously optimistic book." - Kirkus Reviews

"This emotionally satisfying story will be equally at home in storytime or science class." - School Library Journal

Dial Books, 9780803737426, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 18, 2013

About the Author

Elisa Kleven grew up making dollhouses and collages out of doilies and postage stamps. Today, she is thrilled to carry on building her artistic dream worlds in the form of beautiful picture books. Elisa lives in Berkeley, California.