Saturday, December 27, 2008
Lady Flatterley, written by Linda Wagner and illustrated by Pearl L. Ollie, is a story about a caterpillar who wants to be a butterfly. The narrative chronicles the life cycle of the butterfly. Lady Flatterley wants to fly, like a butterfly she sees flying by. The butterfly tells her she will soon build a cocoon for herself and then, in time, become a butterfly. This pleases Lady Flatterley as her greatest desire is to fly.
The story is written in rhyme. The rhyme scheme is off in several places, giving it an awkward rhythm. The story would have been stronger if it were written in standard format.
However, the illustrations are delightful. As mentioned on a special “In Recognition” page at the beginning of the book, although Pearl L. Ollie did the drawings, Jerry Hanzl, a digital photographer, created realistic backgrounds for the artwork. The combination is visually appealing and should delight readers both young and old alike.
What I Like: I really like the illustrations. I also like the fact that the author makes a special point to thank the illustrator and the graphic artist in a special section at the front of the book.
And, I like the fact that the author includes God and the idea of creation in the storyline, making this a Christian children’s picture book.
What I Dislike: Unfortunately, the story of a “caterpillar wanting to be a butterfly” is overdone. This rendition does not really offer anything new except put a Christian perspective on the process.
Overall Rating: Good.
Age Appeal: The publisher suggests 9-12 as the age group for this book. I believe a more appropriate age group would be 4-8.
Publisher Info: Outskirts Press, 2008; ISBN: 1432732331; Paperback: $22.95.