“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
The Butterfly by Patricia Polacco. Puffin Books, c. 2000.
Reading Level: 430L
Synopsis: The Butterfly is a story set during World War II about a friendship between Monique and Sevrine. Sevrine and her family are Jewish and are hiding from the Nazis in Monique’s home, much to Monique’s surprise. Monique and Sevrine become great friends. Sevrine and her family barely escape the Nazis and while Monique misses her friend, she is happy for her freedom.
Rationale for Use: Beautiful, colorful, detailed illustrations. Moving story of friendship, freedom, and survival.
Content Area Connections: World War II, Holocaust
Possible Problems or Concerns: Some disturbing scenes and images. Appropriate for upper elementary students.