Butterflies for Kiri

Written and illustrated by Cathryn Falwell

Paperback: $11.95

Hardcover: out of stock


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_cathryn_falwell_2019 Cathryn Falwell - Author, Illustrator

CATHRYN FALWELL is the author and illustrator of twenty-five picture books. In her stories, she loves to encourage children to explore nature and foster their imaginative play as a way to develop empathy and nurture their social-emotional learning. Falwell lives alongside a small pond in Maine and has a special place—her very own treehouse—that she happily shares with her grandchildren. You can find her online at

Photo: Suzie Mirkin