Monday, January 28, 2013

Farfalla by Vanita Oelschlager

Good day Readers,
The Queen here with a touching book that deals with loss titled Farfalla. Other books by Vanita Oelschlager often deal with hard issues, and I appreciate her tender stories that help children deal with difficult questions.

This story can open up dialogue between you and your child about death, loss, or when things simply do not go as we expected. Allowing children a chance to air their questions helps them to cope better when difficult things happen.

Happy Reading,
The Queen


Book Title: Farfalla
Author: Vanita Oelschlager 
Illustrator: Kristin Blackwood
Book Information:

Publisher and date: Vanita Books (September 1, 2012)
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Book Info: Paperback: 40 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
ISBN: 978-0983290438

Book Theme:
loss, death,

Book Summary
The story is told from the perspective of a young Beetle who, with his mother, meets a crowd of caterpillars in the garden they all frequent. Soon they become friends and he watches in awe as the caterpillars weave themselves into cocoons. A special one catches his attention and Beetle "adopts" it by making all sorts of plans of what they will do together when it hatches. Later, he watches as the cocoons break open one by one and beautiful butterflies emerge and fly away. But the one he counted on to be his playmate does not. He is deeply saddened and understandably confused. Beetle's mother explains gently that young friends like his who can't join him in the garden are with others in the sky. The story ends with Beetle waving to his friend above and wishing happiness.

Activity Adventures:
Activities can include making butterflies using a clothes pin and coffee filter. Paint the coffee filter with watercolors. Fan fold the filter once it's dry, then clip the middle with the clothes pin. Add eyes and pipe cleaner antennae to the clip.

Talk about the life cycle of a butterfly and how sometimes lifecycles don't always complete.
Whether you've experienced death or not, discussing death in a casual manner helps prepare children to handle it better when it does happen.

If your child has experienced recent loss, allowing them to work through their feelings by drawing pictures or writing stories helps. 

Authors Arena

Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, philanthropist,
former teacher, current caregiver, author, and poet. She is a
graduate of Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where she
currently serves as a Trustee. Vanita is also Writer In Residence
for the Literacy Program at The University of Akron.
Her first book, My Grampy Can't Walk, was widely praised. It's
an uplifting story about the wonderful relationship between her
husband Jim, who has multiple sclerosis, and their grandchildren. Vanita has also supported Jim as he built Oak ssociates, ltd. into a highly respected investment management firm.

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