Farfalla: A Story Of Loss And Hope by Vanita OelschlagerFarfalla: A Story Of Loss And Hope by Vanita Oelschlager

Farfalla: A Story Of Loss And Hope

byVanita Oelschlager, Kristin Blackwood

Paperback | September 1, 2012

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The story is told from the perspective of a young Beetle who, with his mother, meets a crowd of caterpillars in the garden they all frequent. Soon they become friends and he watches in awe as the caterpillars weave themselves into cocoons. A special one catches his attention and Beetle “adopts” it by making all sorts of plans of what they will do together when it hatches. Later, he watches as the cocoons break open one by one and beautiful butterflies emerge and fly away. But the one he counted on to be his playmate does not. He is deeply saddened and understandably confused. Beetle’s mother explains gently that young friends like his who can’t join him in the garden are with others in the sky. The story ends with Beetle waving to his friend above and wishing happiness.

Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, philanthropist,former teacher, current caregiver, author, and poet. She is agraduate of Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where shecurrently serves as a Trustee. Vanita is also Writer In Residencefor the Literacy Program at The University of Akron.Her first book, My Grampy Can't Wal...
Title:Farfalla: A Story Of Loss And HopeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 10.96 × 8.56 × 0.51 inPublished:September 1, 2012Publisher:VanitaBooks LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0983290431

ISBN - 13:9780983290438

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Editorial Reviews

PreS-Gr 2–A little beetle and his mother discover many yellow-and-black caterpillars on the leaves of a blueberry bush. They become friends, but soon the caterpillars disappear into white glistening cocoons. Little Beetle thinks of all the fun he will have when his friends become butterflies. One day they emerge from their cocoons, dance in the garden, and fly away. A single cocoon remains, and the little beetle names his butterfly-to-be Farfalla. When no butterfly emerges, Mother Beetle puts a leg around her son and gently explains, “Butterflies that are not born go to live with all other butterflies who die and fly up in the sky with the stars and the moon.” Three nighttime spreads reinforce this idea, as a shimmering yellow butterfly says goodbye to Little Beetle. The final spread shows him with the returning butterflies bright against the blue sky. The simple images in the full-color illustrations capture Little Beetle’s feelings of friendship, anticipation, disappointment, sorrow, and acceptance. Mother Beetle’s comforting presence will be mirrored by caring adults helping children who have experienced the loss of a lovingly anticipated sibling. However, the book will need adult explanation as many children are likely to be confused about what happened to Farfalla.–Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN