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Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-08-15 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 26 user ratings
ISBN:0307978044
LANGUAGE:English

" Age six is a little young to be concerned with your legacy, but when Velma Gratch starts first grade, she finds herself hidden by the shadows of her older sisters. After trying to make a name for herself in all the wrong ways, she discovers that her newfound love of butterflies will make her unforgettable.This is a cute story - kids will learn without even knowing it. Velma is adorable, and the illustrations by Kevin Hawkes are wonderful. " said.

"I just loved this sweet story about Velma, the youngest of the three Gratch sisters. While her older sisters are still remembered by all the teachers for their accomplishments, poor Velma is overlooked, and if noticed, compared to her sisters. This goes on until Velma has an experience with a butterfly on a field trip that not only gives her an identity of her own, but helps her realize that she is "way cool."

I loved the smooth writing style of Alan Madison and the fun and quirky illustrations, but what I loved most was the story - especiall csince being the sixth of seven, I completely understood having to overcome the shadow of older siblings :).
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"Velma is struggling to find her own identity. She has two older sisters: Fiona (known for "running like the devil" and being a spectacular speller) and Frieda (known for her angelic voice & her mad math skills). No one seems to remember Velma. At first, she strives to be remembered even if it's for something negative. Then, in science, they begin to study butterflies. Velma learns as much as she can about butterflies and on the class field trip to The Butterfly Conservatory, she becomes "memorable" to her teachers and fellow students.

A good message about being yourself and finding your passion.
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"Velma Gratch, youngest of the Gratch sisters, feels completely overshadowed by her smart and athletic older sisters. In an effort to be noticed at school, Velma underperforms, but her teacher and principal gently set her straight and soon Velma finds a new passion: butterflies. When a monarch in a butterfly sanctuary finds a new home on her index finger Velma feels special, indeed. There is much to like about this one: a quirky little heroine, charming illustrations, subtle messages, and encouraging older sisters are only the beginning. It's a terrific read-aloud for a classroom unit on butterflies, and an enjoyable story all around." said.

"Velma is a little girl who wants to stand out to her teachers. She is living in the light of her two older sisters who have already impressed her teachers. Velma discovers the lesson about being who you are and being recognized for doing good.

Good science about a caterpillars metamorphosis into a butterfly as well.

The illustrations are fun too. Velma is a unique little gal and she is well depicted by the illustrator. The inside font and back covers show illustrations of caterpillars and butterflies (although they don't match up so you can compare before and after)(similar to An Egg is Quite and a Seed is Sleepy)
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"This book is much, much better than I thought it would be.

Little Velma Gratch has to live up to the precedents set by her older sisters, both of whom had all her teachers before she did. Problem is, Velma just wants to be remembered as Velma, not a rerun of her older sisters!

After finding out that misbehaving is not the way to be remembered, Velma focuses on her love for science. She especially loves big, long words like "photosynthesis", which she repeats to herself so she can remember them when she talks to her family. And when Velma's class goes on a trip to the butterfly sanctuary, Velma ends up with an experience that nobody will ever forget!

A great book for little kids of all ages paired with a cute art style and plenty of interesting science facts, this book is one of the best kids books I have read in a very long time
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"This is the story of a young first-grader who is living in the shadow of her two older sisters. She struggled to make a name for herself and get positive attention until a very special visit to a butterfly conservatory. When a monarch butterfly becomes attached to Velma, she manages to impress everyone from the principal to her sisters with her plan.

The illustrations are slightly impressionistic and convey a certain degree of naturalism and detail. A wide variety of layout styles are used, from full-bleed, scene-setting images to small details, and the text is incorporated into the imagery in ways that enhance the connection between the story and illustrations. The butterfly motif is incorporated through the endpapers (with caterpillars on the front and butterflies on the back) and even on the copyright page.
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"Charming story about the youngest of three sisters who wants to find a way to stand out and be remembered like her sisters are. The initial problem is set up clearly (Velma doesn’t stand out but wants to), then she tries to get noticed in unsuccessful ways (e.g., for bad things instead of good ones), then finally finds something she’s good at and excited about -- butterflies. She gets her chance to shine during a trip to the butterfly museum, and then the second problem of the story starts, which is that a butterfly attaches itself to her finger and won’t let go. For days. Finally, just when the principal is getting fed up, Velma, drawing on her butterfly knowledge, realizes how she can get the butterfly to go at last. It’s complex and satisfying and the language is lovely in many places, and of course the illustrations are fabulous because they are by Kevin Hawkes." said.

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