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Butterflies for Kiri

Written and illustrated by Cathryn Falwell


Kiri loves to make things. When she receives an origami set for her birthday, she can't wait to try making a butterfly, just like the one Auntie Lu had made. Kiri chooses a bright purple paper and carefully follows the steps, but the paper tears after just four folds. Her beautiful paper is ruined!

Disappointed but not discouraged, Kiri continues to practice making origami butterflies. Then one beautiful spring day in the park Kiri is inspired to make a picture of what she sees, and her creative and colorful solution turns out to be more rewarding than she could have imagined.

Butterflies for Kiri is a gentle testament to a child's determination and creativity, and like Kiri, children will be inspired to make their own origami butterflies. Easy-to-follow instructions are provided at the end of the story.

Find-the-Difference Game

Book of the Week
Cooperative Children's Book Center

Parents' Guide to Children's Media Award

Best Children's Books of the Year 2004
Bank Street College of Education

Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)

Interest Level
Grades K - 3
Reading Level
Grade 2
Asian/Asian American Interest, Imagination, Overcoming Obstacles
Accelerated Reader
Level: 3.9
Points: .5
About the Creators

Cathryn Falwell has written and illustrated many award-winning books for children, among them Lee & Low’s David’s Drawings, a Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year, and Butterflies for Kiri, a “Choices” selection from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center. Falwell lives in Gorham, Maine, with her husband and their two sons. To find out more about Cathryn Falwell, visit her Web site: www.cathrynfalwell.com

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