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Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly

Written by Alan Madison

Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

ISBN 978-0-375-83597-1 (Hardcover)

ISBN 978-0-307-97804-2 (Softcover)

Poor Velma—people can barely remember her name. But all that changes on a class trip to the magnificent Butterfly Conservatory when a monarch roosts on Velma's finger and won't budge.


School Library Jounal Best Book of the Year

Lupine Award Maine Library Association

ALA Alex Award Nominee


“With humorous wordplay and electric art, this is an uplifting and way-cool look at one child’s metamorphosis.”
School Library Journal

“Both adults and emerging conservationists should appreciate this leisurely story about finding one’s bliss.”
Publisher’s Weekly

“This School Library Journal Best Book of the Year celebrates everything butterfly, from migration to metamorphosis!   Kids will love reading about Velma’s own transformation from a timid first grader into a confident scientist.”
Random House Publisher

Insider's Scoop

On the last page of the story, Velma is doing a
little dance between her two sisters.  If you hold that page up to the light, you will see, a pretty interesting image that happened by chance.      

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