The Magic of Butterflies

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In the Middle Ages, people thought butterflies were insects who stole butter. Clever witches shapeshifted into butterflies and flew around to do their bidding in disguise. Because of the superstitions surrounding butterflies and witches, butterflies were linked to the Devil. According to Jacob Grimm in Teutonic Mythology, when a witch travels at night astral travel , her spirit comes out of her mouth in the shape of a butterfly. The people of Slovenia believed souls looked like butterflies.

The alp, a shapeshifting nightmare bringer of Germanic folklore, was also said to appear as a butterfly or moth. In the Dark Ages, witches souls were butterflies. Butterflies have had negative connotations. Some butterfly myths and legends said they were the souls of stillborn children. Butterflies are pure magic. Have you ever just sat and watched a butterfly flit from flower to flower? Their bodies are as light as the air, and their freedom is inspiring. They are connected to the elements air and earth.

Butterflies are a symbol of transformation: they begin as an egg, turn into a caterpillar, cocoon and undergo a huge metamorphosis, then emerge anew as a the butterfly. Butterflies mean rebirth and renewal. Butterflies are beneficial to the environment. They are pollinators — they aid in the pollination of plants, mostly flowers.

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Those include: lavender, nettles, a few milkweed species, daisy species, and more. Your purchase helps support my work in bringing you information about the paranormal and paganism. Butterflies stole butter, as did witches in the Dark Ages. The butterfly is one of my familiars and nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing butterflies in my garden. My thoughts: This book is ALL about the math. The story First sentence: Once upon a time, there were 10 flower friends.

Would I be more forgiving if it wasn't told in rhyme? You see, I am a stubborn person who believes that rhyme and rhythm should go together You can have rhythm without rhyme perhaps. But without rhythm, your rhyme is missing something vital. It's a pretender. And this book lacks rhythm. Text: 2 out of 5 Illustrations: 3 out of 5 Total: 5 out of May 06, Christine Luong rated it did not like it Shelves: books-read-to-child. Goodnight, Numbers was such a cute book. But this one was just plain bad. The concept and the artwork were cute, but the execution was awful.

The story was poorly written, some of the lines didn't make any sense, and the words didn't flow. Mar 05, Elaine rated it liked it. Illustrations perfect for a young child to enjoy. Bedtime story appropriate. It was "meh," which is sad - because I liked the concept of teaching the grouping of numbers that still make ten.

Unfortunately, the story wasn't terribly interesting to begin with, and then it got bogged down with the repetition of the counting. Pencil and digital paint illustrations complement this story about ten flower friends who want to fly.

With some help from butterfly friends, they are able to get their wish. Although there is some counting in the book, there isn't a lot of it, and I didn't really see the point of the book other than to celebrate the joy and magic of flowers. Possibly, caregivers can use the book to point out the different combinations that can make a total of ten, but the story was so long-winded that it lost m Pencil and digital paint illustrations complement this story about ten flower friends who want to fly.

Possibly, caregivers can use the book to point out the different combinations that can make a total of ten, but the story was so long-winded that it lost my interest before reaching the conclusion. Apr 29, Sarah Richards rated it it was ok. I had high hopes for this book, considering who wrote it. She's obviously brilliant, and I appreciate what she is trying to do make girls like I used to be less afraid of math , so it's too bad this story lacked creativity in the writing department. The illustrations, however, were fabulous. A story about flowers wanting to be butterflies, and how the grass is always greener on the other side was bland.

None of these flowers had any personalities, and the fairy was so cookie-cutter. Lines like I had high hopes for this book, considering who wrote it. Lines like "It wasn't bad when we were flowers I know Ms. McKellar has a son, but this is definitely a book that would only appeal to girls, but that's okay. I like gender-specific books, as well as gender-neutral.

The author's note as the end is a nice addition for parents, though I'm not sure I agree with the myth that math is stereotyped as foreign; it's just not as fun as reading at least to me and it's harder at least to me and I don't use it like I use my English skills, but then I work in the English Department.

Now I did love the part, "How to get the most out of 'Ten Magic Butterflies,' but that's something I can just use the illustrations for, forgoing the story altogether. I'd never heard of "ten-frames" before but then, it's been a long time since elementary school , so I did actually learn something new. That said, if this book helps my daughter like numbers and counting and all of that, then it's really worth something.

I do agree with Ms. MeKellar that kids need to be taught that math is relevant to their lives even if they don't desire to major in one of the STEM fields someday , because it does work the brain in a different way. For me, it really honed my attention to detail, and I know life isn't just about the details. However, it's the details that make up the big picture. Feb 25, Mrs.

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Melaugh Melaugh rated it really liked it Shelves: picture-books. In this gentle introduction to math, ten bright-colored flower friends wish they could fly like the fairies. A dark-skinned fairy grants their wishes by transforming them one at a time into butterflies.

They enjoy their mobility at first, but by the next day, wish to return to their life as flowers. Again, the kind-hearted fairy grants their wish. There are cleverly engaging touches in the illustrations. Watch especially for the pudgy caterpillar who adoringly observes the activities on each page until it achieves its own transformation. Fantasy and reality intersect near the end where a little dreaming girl who looks like the fairy clutches a stuffed caterpillar; a doll that resembles both the girl and the fairy sits on her nightstand.

At the end, McKellar addresses caregivers to suggest methods for inspiring children to enjoy math and to provide activities to use with the book.

The fairies grant the flowers wings, so they are able to fly for the night. When the morning comes, the flowers turned butterflies are exhausted and just want to be flowers again. The fairies explain that sometimes we want to be what we are not, but in the end being ourselves is always best. The illustrations in this book are adorable and bright. The story is even cute with a good moral. I felt like this book was trying too hard to be a counting book with different math equations and if a book is going to be a counting book then it should be consistent; whereas, this book started assuming that the reader was going to understand the breakdown of counting the flowers to butterflies on their own, making it choppy in the middle.

The Magic of Butterflies

Reviewer, C. This book was adorable! I loved the artwork; it felt like it came right out of a fantasy novel! I think my favorite part was the little caterpillar, who wanted to fly just as badly as the flowers! I must admit, that when I started getting towards the end of the book and the caterpillar still hadn't gotten a turn to fly, I was a little upset! This cute little book had me so hooked, that I never even thought about the fact that caterpillars turn into butterflies all on their own, lol!

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Besides bein This book was adorable! Besides being a cute story, with lovely artwork, this book is a step in the direction our society needs! It encourages counting, basic mathematics, and a love of learning. In a letter to parents in the back of the book, it explains how children need to be introduced to math at a young age without a stigma attached to it, in order to get rid of this ingrained fear of numbers that is becoming common. It also encourages that parents take an active roll in their children's learning, and to not wait until "school-age" to start!

Numbers, poetry, and science. You'll find an element of each of those in this adorable book!

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It's a great story that will help young children who are learning to count, identify numbers. But there's also a hidden inspirational message. In the story, there are ten flowers who ask to become butterflies. They love being butterflies for a short while, but soon ask to be turned back in to flowers. Realizing they missed what they used to be and have. The message the book provides is to be happy with w Numbers, poetry, and science. The message the book provides is to be happy with who you are and what you can do. Wishing to be someone else won't make your insufficiencies go away, you'll just have other issues to overcome.

Really cute book. Great illustrations.