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"I love that story," said Ruby. "Did you love it too?"
"Robot is just a machine. Robot cannot feel love."
Robot paused for a moment and said, " What does love feel like?"
When Ruby asks Robot if he loved the story as much as she did, he tells her that he doesn't know what love is. If it's not something he can see, then what could it be?
Ruby describes emotions to her Robot. She teaches him what each feels like ("love feels like a box of butterflies ") and when she feels them ("I sometimes feel that way when I'm told no more TV ").
With colorful metaphors and vibrant imagery, A Box of Butterflies
takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery and emotional reflection, identifying not just love, but jealousy, anger, worry, and a host of other emotions.
Included is a Note to Parents and Caregivers by Elizabeth McCallum, PhD, that further explores the importance of learning about emotions.