Some lessons are timeless and never get old in the retelling and it just so happens that The Shy Butterfly by blogger extraordinaire Penny L. Howe is just such a book that has a perennial message to .
The story is of the titular shy butterfly who leads a sheltered life, happy in the shadows and afraid to experience the joys of the world but then he meets Monarch butterfly who sets out to coax him to come into the sunlight and find out what he’s been missing.
This edifying tale is really wonderful, a feel good story with a wonderful moral for children and a reminder to us adults who get to mired in the inconsequentialities of life and forget what it truly means to be (and sometimes how to be) happy.
So besides having the charm to appeal to everybody with its directly written way, it is a strikingly well written book, with oodles of pizzazz
The accompanying drawings offset the text with their enchanting simplicity, the hand drawn look of the illustrations make the book feel more homely and a real creation of love.
I also picked up a gently existentialist vibe here as well, perhaps I am reading too much into it but the power to change one’s own life with a bit of encouragement, after all it was Albert Camus who said “There is scarcely any passion without struggle” and I think that encapsulates the idea of the story, to be free to marvel at the wonders of the world we must first be willing to make ourselves willing to experience it.
Anyway digressions aside, this is a real labour of love and one which should be in every home, a proper oasis of inspiration in these times of worry, this is one to go back to again and again. http://www.amazon.com/The-Shy-Butterfly-ebook/dp/B00CF7D3DM/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top