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Chance and the Butterfly
By author: Maggie De Vries
Selling Points: "foster care, butterflies, family"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: May/01/2011
Lexile Level: 670L
Pages: 136
Fiction Ages 8-11
Price:  $7.95
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Others in the class might listen, but every word that Ms. Samson said about butterflies, Chance heard. Every picture that she showed, he pored over. The written words worked themselves into tangles and defeated him, but everything that he could learn about butterflies, he took right in deep. Not only was he going to be here until the butterflies were flying around in the classroom, he was going to be an expert.

Every time Chance turns around, he gets in trouble. In school, he can't sit still. Reading is hard and math is harder, but anything to do with science fascinates him. When his class starts raising butterflies from caterpillars, Chance is hooked. School is suddenly fun again, but when he decides to take his caterpillar home, he learns that loving something often means letting it go.
Tucson Unified School District - January 1, 2012
"This would be a wonderful read-aloud for the elementary school classroom. The author has created a story that invites discussion."
Resource Links - June 1, 2011
"Young readers will relate to the classroom dynamics and schoolyard scenes. The information about the butterfly life cycle and development adds another layer to the story. Though Chance is a tough kid, he is likable and readers will want him to succeed. There is an opportunity to gain an understanding for children in foster care...Recommended for school and public libraries for independent reading."


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