2013 Sakura Medal Books

Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison


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2 thoughts on “Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison

  1. This is one of the more entertaining of picture books, portraying a girl in her journeys who is recognized for her name rather than who she aims to be. This frustrates her, and she starts revolting in her own small ways, solely to stand out in the well known and sought after family. Eventually, she finds a passion and ends up befriending a butterfly that refuses to leave her finger. She attempts to live up to what her ‘famous’ sisters have done, she discovers to be creative, and follow her own ideas, which leads her to let the butterfly go as the other butterflies fly south.
    This book is touching and deserves high compliments. In my past review I stated that the book ‘Henry’s Freedom Box’ may get the award, however this seems to be another book that has a chance.
    I would have to give this book a 5 out of 5.

  2. Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison is a story about a little girl, Velma, struggling to find her own identity. Velma’s two older sisters are recognized in society’s eyes as exceptional and Velma tries to get attention no matter what, so that she will be recognized as herself, not as someone’s little sister.

    The book has a very relatable topic as everyone in the world experiences the feeling of being in someone’s shadow. The everyday setting and familiar theme appeal to most readers even though some of the language is too complex for younger children. The illustrations are very detailed and colorful, making it an enjoyable read.

    The moral of the story is that it’s inevitable to find your own identity without a struggle.

    The book also includes information about butterflies but it’s intertwined with the story so it doesn’t seem like a science class but the information is still interesting and useful.

    Velma’s character develops positively and she becomes a person of her own with a surprising twist.

    I give this book a rating of 4/5.

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