The Butterfly

The Butterfly (Hardcover): Patricia Polacco

Bibliographic Information: Polacco, P. (2000). The Butterfly. New York: Philomel Books.

Brief Annotation: This is a story about a young girl growing up in France during World War II.  Her mother hides a Jewish family in their cellar, and they must work together to protect the family.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Grade Level: 3-5

Readers who will like this: Children learning about World War II, or students who enjoy reading about history.

Rating/Response: 4 This book captures the emotions that were experienced during the war.  The story really comes to life, and readers will find themselves very engaged in the story.  This is further developed through the pictures.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have you ever thought about protecting a friend before you think about how it will affect you?

Reading Strategy: Social Studies

Rationale for Strategy: This book would make a great Social Studies book because it is historically accurate, and it will help students to understand the human emotions during World War II.

Posted by: Emily Busch


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