Butterfly Park

51AYantCQ1L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_On the summer theme of butterflies I found this wonderful children’s book written and illustrated by Canadian Elly MacKay. It is one of the most beautiful books I have seen this year.  It is a lovely lesson on the environment and community building.

Butterfly Park

When a little girl moves to a new town, she finds a place called Butterfly Park. But when she opens the gate, there are no butterflies.

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Determined to lure the butterflies in, the girl inspires her entire town to help her. And with their combined efforts, soon the butterflies—and the girl—feel right at home.

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Elly MacKay’s luminous paper-cut illustrations and enchanting story encourage community, friendship, and wonderment in the beauty of everyday life.

Ontario author/illustrator Elly MacKay built the images for her new book, Butterfly Park, by painting and cutting paper, building tiny dioramas and creating mood with the use of special lighting, then photographing the results. (Image courtesy of Running Press Kids, publisher of the new picture book)

Ontario author/illustrator Elly MacKay built the images for her new book, Butterfly Park, by painting and cutting paper, building tiny dioramas and creating mood with the use of special lighting, then photographing the results. (Image courtesy of Running Press Kids, publisher of the new picture book)

And it comes with a beautiful poster when you reverse the book jacket.

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