Butterflies for Kiri

Written and illustrated by Cathryn Falwell

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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.

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About the Creators

Thumb_thumb Cathryn Falwell - Author, Illustrator

has written and illustrated many award-winning books for children, among them Lee & Low’s Rainbow Stew, David's Drawings, and Butterflies for Kiri, a “Choices” selection from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center. Falwell lives in Gorham, Maine, with her family. To find out more about Cathryn Falwell, visit her website:

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Paperback: 9781600603426

Hardcover: 9781584301004


Book of the Week
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)

Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)

Parents' Guide to Children's Media Award
Parents' Choice Foundation

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Interest Level:

Grades K - 3

Reading Level:

Grades 2 - 2


Colors, Classroom Activities, Sharing & Giving, Overcoming Obstacles, Imagination, Friendship, Education, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Art, Asian/Asian American Interest, Games/Toys, Realistic Fiction

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