“It has been said, and rightly so, that a historical novel, accurately and skillfully crafted, can teach history better than the straight forward information, in a non-fiction, historical text. That is because if the writer is skillful, the reader won’t just read about the characters, the reader will interact with them. They become the reader’s close friends, so that the heroism can be enjoyed, and the pathos experienced. Charlie Steel’s excellent novel, TOM SHARP, invites the reader into the life and historical time of the title character.”
A lovely story which clearly and simply outlines butterfly Mariposa's challenge and her solution to the problem of feeling different and at odds with her black-and-white world. It imparts deeper messages about overcoming alienation, cultivating giving, and handling the good and bad aspects of being generous.
Illustrator Nanibah Chacon, a noted muralist, does a superb job of capturing the nuances of a colorful butterfly that flits through her world in the picture book. Her simple, lovely drawings are perfect for a story that focuses on a little butterfly who stands out from the black and white world she flies through.