Friday, November 4, 2011

THE BUTTERFLY AND THE EARTHQUAKE, story by Carol McKeever, illustrated by Ned Barraud

New to the library this week.. a lovely book which is dedicated to the children of Christchurch and to their families.

The Butterfly and the Earthquake tells the story of Tom and his family on the day of the Christchurch earthquake. The beautiful illustrations give a sensitive portrayal of a child’s experiences of the quake . The story follows Tom as he moves from surprise and confusion when the earthquake strikes to comfort and calm.

The book was inspired by Monarch butterflies which delight children every summer. The story draws on the idea that parents can create an emotional cocoon for their children during traumatic events.

" At 12.51 pm on the 22nd February 2011 a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Christchurch. Five months previously a magnitude 7.1 quake rocked the city and the Canterbury region.

The children of Christchurch and of Canterbury have suffered greatly as a result of these earthquakes and this book is dedicated to them.

The Butterfly and the Earthquake is designed to be read to children by a supportive adult who can help with any memories or emotions that may arise as a result of the story.

Royalties from this book will be donated to Save the Children, New Zealand."

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