Teaching Children's Literature

“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

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.


~Ashley Jacot


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This entry was posted on November 23, 2012 by in Picturebooks.

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