Mariposa, Where Did You Get Your Colors?is a beautiful story with the lilt and feel of a traditional fairy tale or myth.
Mariposa is a beautiful, colorful butterfly, but despite her beauty, she is not happy. The world around her is drab and colorless, and being so different and so isolated from everyone and everything around her fills her with sadness. One day, a question from a curious little trout prompts her to wonder where her colors come from and what they mean? Finding the answer changes Mariposa and the world around her, teaching her that “magical things happen when we share what we have with others”.
Mariposa, Where Did You Get Your Colors? teaches important lessons about fear and courage, sharing and being a part of your community, and loneliness and fitting in. What really makes this volume stand out, however, are the stunning hand-drawn and hand-painted illustrations. Moving from black-and-white images with Mariposa picked out in bright colors to increasingly color-filled sketches as Mariposa shares her colors, the illustrations tell the story again in their own way, initiating readers into a love of color and the beauty of the natural world.
Mariposa, Where Did You Get Your Colors? is an exquisite volume as well as an enjoyable story, perfect for bedtime reading and rainy-day coloring inspiration.
—The Children’s Book Review
A lovely story evolves in Mariposa, Where Did You Get Your Colors?, 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 which focuses on a little butterfly who stands out from the black and white world she flies through. This alienates her from others, and she doesn't feel a part of the world. When an astute trout asks about the origins of her colors, her wise grandmother states that they are a gift. How, then, can Mariposa use this gift wisely?
Parental read-aloud assistance is recommended for the discussions which should follow this evocative story. Any who work with children will find this an absorbing, revealing, and thought-provoking story that holds a bigger message within a simple tale.