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Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite
Glasswings: A Butterfly's Story is written by Elisa Kleven. The author created this book for young preschool children. The design, layout, and formatting of this book deserve a five star rating, it is perfect in the eyes of young readers. The illustrations were done so elegantly and creatively, adding a touch of magic to the story with all the color the pages provide.
It is the story of a young female butterfly who is almost invisible if she isn't next to an object of color because her wings are as clear as glass. The book offers adventure, a sense of self confidence, friendship, and a lesson in teamwork, as the little butterfly ventures away from her family and ends up alone in a big city with unfamiliar surroundings and resident creatures.
Elisa Kleven took a species of butterfly and created a character in a book to help children understand the specifics of the Glasswing butterfly with ease. Adding that it was magical that the butterfly was clear like glass, but could be any color allows the story to be fun and creative. Elisa provides a fact sheet at the beginning of the book telling younger readers about the actual Glasswing Butterfly. This is a great addition to the book, helping the children understand that although the book is fictional, the butterfly itself is real. The story, combined with the beautiful art that illustrated its pages made this book one of my favorites. I loved it.