Another whimsical tale by Elly Mackay, again showcasing the true 'magic' of nature and this time weaving in the beauty of community.
This book is the perfect example of a "Montessori" early childhood book. It relates to a real, meaningful concept, it promotes a connection with nature, it uses quality examples of language and it showcases aesthetically beautiful illustrations.
The illustrations, while not photographic, are realistic and demonstrate a unique art style; 'cut paper illustration'. This technique creates vibrancy and depth by overlaying different cut outs on top of each other until a rich scene is established.
A child might be so inspired by this style that he/she would like to try making their own cut paper illustration. There is a great tutorial that might provide some inspiration here.
Butterfly Park also promotes a sense of community and belonging by focusing on a storyline of a little girl moving to a new area and connecting with her neighbours and nature. The uplifting story demonstrates how optimism and wonder can bring people together.
Each page contains just a few words of carefully chosen text. The story is short and sweet - short enough for a preschooler to be able to maintain interest from start to finish, but long enough to communicate a meaningful message.
If you like Butterfly Park then you might also like Shadow Chasers and If You Hold a Seed, also by Elly Mackay.
Montessori, M. (2002). The Montessori Method. New York: Dover Publications Inc