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The butterfly de Patricia Polacco
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The butterfly (2000 original; edició 2000)

de Patricia Polacco

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During the Nazi occupation of France, Monique's mother hides a Jewish family in her basement and tries to help them escape to freedom.
Títol:The butterfly
Autors:Patricia Polacco
Informació:New York : Philomel Books, c2000.
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Etiquetes:easy, realistic, fiction, multicultural

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The Butterfly de Patricia Polacco (2000)

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I didn’t like this book, I found it was hard to keep my attention. This book took place when the Nazi’s invaded France. There was a French underground safe haven for Jews in some peoples homes. Monique was a child in France. She didn’t know that didn’t know her home was a “safe haven” until one day she accidentally met and became friends with a girl living in her house underground. I’d use this book during a history lesson about how Nazis treated Jews in France. ( )
  krichard | Feb 11, 2020 |
This book is the story of a young girl named Monique who lived in a small French village during WWII. She woke up one night to what she thought was a ghost girl petting her cat at the end of her bed. When Monique asked who she was, she quickly disappeared. Monique told her mother about the ghost the next morning, but her mother told her it was only a dream and she went off to school. On the way home from school Monique and her friend, Denise Monsieur Mark waved the girls into the candy shop where he gave them each a piece of candy for their trip home. Shortly after the girls left, Monsieur Mark was tackled to the ground and thrown into a car by the Nazis. The girls were sobbing by the time they made it to Monique's house, so they told her mother what happened. Many nights passed where Monique didn't see the ghost girl again, until the night that she did. The ghost girl turned out not to be a ghost after all. She was a Jewish girl named Sevrine hiding from the Nazis in Monique's basement! The next morning Monique saw a butterfly in the garden and kept it for Sevrine along with a flower. She said the flower was Sevrine's sunshine and the butterfly flying away symbolized the day that Sevrine and her family will be able to fly away. Sadly, the neighbor spotted the two girls out the window that night so they quickly told Monique's mother. Monique's mother helped the family bury anything in the basement that made it obvious that people were living there and helped them leave the country. Before Sevrine left, Sevrine gave Monique her Star of David to remember her by and Monique gave Severine her cat since she missed her own cat so much. A few weeks passed and Monique wished for a sign that Sevrine and her family were safe. That's when nearly thirty butterflies fluttered around the garden, a sign that Sevrine and her family were safe.

This story was set in a small French village during WWII where Nazi soldiers have practically taken over. Because of this, the setting not only clarifies conflict between the Jews and Nazis but also heightens the suspense. I practically zoomed through this book because I was so worried that the Nazi soldiers were going to mistake Monique for a Jew when Sevrine gave Monique her necklace and I was worried that the Nazi soldiers would come and take Sevrine and her family away.

I adore this book. I love the symbolism in the book and how informative it is to young children! This book accurately describes the fear and struggle of Jews during the Holocaust in a kid-friendly way. This book is such a heartfelt and sweet book that must be read! ( )
  m.curtis | Jan 29, 2020 |
The Butterfly is a beautiful story based on Patricia Polocco’s aunt and great aunt experience in France during the German occupation during WWII. The story does not shy away from the hard topics of fear or life and death. Everything is laid out on the table and help children to have a better understanding what living during this time was truly like. This story pushes kids to put themselves in the place of someone else, to truly understand the reality of living in a war zone. It also shows that if you are brave and work to do what is moral and good, you can make a difference. ( )
  sgentr1 | Oct 2, 2019 |
I love love love this book! This is one of the only books I will give a five star rating too. This book was absolutely amazing! I love the symbolism of the butterfly at the end of the book. In the middle of the book, the two girls, Monique and Sevrine, set the butterfly free to represent the little girl and her family one day being free and at the end of the book, there are a bunch of butterflies around Monique as a sign to let her know that Sevrine was okay. This book really shows the struggle and the fear that the jews had during the holocaust. Honestly, I felt scared for the jews when reading this book. It had such great detail and was wonderfully written. The drawings were also very good and added more effect to the story. The little girl, Sevrine, was drawn perfectly with the look of both sadness and fear on her face. This book brought tears to my eyes just thinking about all the scared families and kids during the time of the holocaust. I think everyone should read this book. This book can definitely not be judged by its cover because I did not expect it to be about the holocaust. ( )
  hdavis1 | Sep 5, 2019 |
I really enjoyed this story because of the way that the author used a child's point of view to describe realistic seeming events that could have happened during the war. The main characters mother, Marcelle, was part of the French resistance movement, active in hiding Jews in her home to keep them safe. The family living under their house was forced to move when the two girls are seen playing together by a neighbor. The author really used emotion to describe the fear and sorrow that surrounded these events. When Severine and Monique were forced to say goodbye to each other, the author really used the emotion of two friends departing from each other to make the reader feel as if they are a part of the story. The illustrator also did a good job conveying sadness and emotion in his illustrations. When the characters were sad or afraid the illustrator painted their faces red to really show that emotion. Overall, I would recommend this book to a friend because of the way it realistically depicts events that would have happened during such a tense time in history.
  crodge3 | Mar 11, 2019 |
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Polacco continues to mine her family history, this time telling the story of an aunt's childhood in wartime France. Young Monique doesn't comprehend the brutality of the Nazis' mission--until the day three German soldiers find her admiring a butterfly. "Joli, n'est-ce pas?" says one to Monique, then grabs the butterfly and crushes it in his fist. The butterfly, or papillon as it is frequently called here, becomes for Monique a symbol of the Nazis' victims. Her sympathies are quickly focused: one night Monique wakes up to discover a girl in her bedroom and learns that she and her parents, Jews, have been hiding for months in Monique's house, protected by Monique's mother. The girl, Sevrine, has been forbidden to leave the hiding place, so she and Monique meet secretly. Then a neighbor sees the two girls at the window one night, and Sevrine's family must flee. As an afterword reveals, only Sevrine survives, contacting Monique by letter--with a drawing of a butterfly. In comparison with the seeming spontaneity of the author's Pink and Say, this tale's use of the butterfly symbolism gives it a slightly constructed or manipulated feel. Even so, the imagery and the dramatic plot distill for young readers the terrors and tragic consequences of the Nazi regime and the courageousness of resisters. Ages 4-8. (May)
Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

afegit per sriches | editaPublishers Weekly, Cahners Business Information (Jul 19, 2009)
Gr 1-5-Polacco relates the tale of her Aunt Monique to show, in picture-book terms, the suffering of the Jews during Nazi occupation and the courage of those who took part in the French Resistance. The setting is a small village; unbeknownst to the child, Monique's mother is hiding Jews in their basement. It is at night, when Sevrine emerges from the depths to peer out the window, that Monique awakens and the secret friendship begins. Polacco's use of color has never been more effective. The blackness, which starts on the endpapers, surrounds the girls' conversations, Sevrine's basement existence, the ditch hiding the two families as they flee to the next refuge, and the train car on Monique's return trip (she has become separated from her mother). In contrast are the light-filled scenes of Monique and her mother at breakfast, their sweet reunion at home, and, on the last page, mother and child surrounded by butterflies. Earlier, Monique had watched a soldier crush a papillon; later, she had taken a fluttering "kiss of an angel" inside for her friend. The bold pattern and heightened color of the insect provides a counterpoint to the equally dynamic black-on-red swastikas. Convincing in its portrayal of both the disturbing and humanitarian forces of the time, the title is not as dark or graphic as Robert Innocenti's Rose Blanche (Harcourt, 1996). An author's note relates the rest of the story: Sevrine survived and the friendship still flourishes. A perfect blend of art and story.-Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

afegit per sriches | editaSchool Library Journal, 2000 (Jul 19, 2009)
afegit per sriches | editaBooklist (Apr 1, 2000)
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