The Butterfly with Tattered Wings

Children - Picture Book
34 Pages
Reviewed on 06/09/2024
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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite

No one is perfect, even those who pretend they are. However, no matter what your child feels makes them inferior, they need to know they are perfect just the way they are. In her book The Butterfly with Tattered Wings, Heidi Lepper Barrett helps children understand they are loved and accepted. The little caterpillar in this story is filled with love and gratitude. She makes a chrysalis in preparation for becoming a beautiful butterfly; however, before she breaks free, she is injured. The injury damages her wings, and she feels unlovable and unable to fly. A sympathetic bat takes the time to comfort her and show that even with damaged wings, he can still fly. With the bat’s encouragement, the new butterfly becomes hopeful and flaps her wings. With faith and flapping, she flies all over, spreading the story of the power of love.

Heidi Lepper Barrett helps children learn to accept themselves and be their best selves. In The Butterfly with Tattered Wings, Heidi tackles the tough subject of those who feel different. No one can do everything, but we all can do something. This world would be a better place if everyone learned to accept their limitations and lived up to their potential. Lucia Benito does a great job of illustrating Heidi’s story. As parents, it is important to help our children feel loved and accepted, no matter what. One person’s disability is another person’s advantage. Even those who are differently-abled play a very important role in society. With love and faith, everyone can be what they need to be. Help your child embrace their differences and accept each other’s differences.

Pikasho Deka

The Butterfly With Tattered Wings by Heidi Lepper Barrett is a delightful children's picture book that follows the adventures of a young caterpillar. When the caterpillar was born, her mother assured her that she was the essence of love and that love makes everything possible. The next day, her dad told her that, one day, she would become a beautiful butterfly like her parents. The young caterpillar moves into the surrounding garden, munching on leaves, and feels love and gratitude for everything around her. After weeks of eating, the caterpillar spins herself into a chrysalis, dreaming of waking up as a butterfly. But a devastating storm leads to her wings being splintered by tree bark. While she is sad about her imperfect wings, a bat reminds her that she can still fly with faith and love.

This is a beautiful children's tale with a valuable lesson about self-love and gratitude. Heidi Lepper Barrett tells an inspiring underdog story featuring an adorable young caterpillar as the central character. The author takes readers on a journey of self-discovery with a captivating plot that demonstrates the power of love and faith. The Butterfly With Tattered Wings reminds us that no matter how challenging life may seem at times, love always finds a way to make things better. Lucia Benito's fascinating illustrations beautifully capture the ideas and themes of Barrett's tale. After finishing the book, you will feel a sense of hope and renewed vigor. Young readers will find a lot to love about this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and you should too!

Liz Konkel

The Butterfly with Tattered Wings by Heidi Lepper Barrett is a journey in self-love in a heartwarming story for young children. From the moment Caterpillar is born, her parents tell her she’s special and that she is loved, filling her with encouragement that she can do anything. This sentiment stays with her as she awaits the day she becomes a beautiful butterfly too. As she watches the butterflies around her, flapping their wings, she can’t wait until she has a pair of her very own. But nothing could have prepared her for the terrible storm that would rock her cocoon and send a twig into the side, causing her to emerge with tattered wings. At first, she is self-conscious and afraid of what others will think until she meets a bat that changes her perspective.

Heidi Lepper Barrett created this beautiful story with heart and genuine positivity. Gratitude is an important theme seen in Caterpillar’s open appreciation for everyone and everything in her life. The story has so much pureness and joy that perfectly captures the sweetness of a child and the wholesome way they view the world. At the core, Caterpillar’s journey is about self-love and finding beauty in the unexpected. The last part of the story focuses on her sorrow and disappointment over her wings. However, when she meets a bat she gains a valuable lesson in self-love. The bat is introduced later in the story but is an important character as his tattered wings are similar to her own, which he uses to show her the beauty she can find in herself. The illustrations by Lucia Benito have a softness that pairs well with the tone and helps to establish the personality of the characters, such as Caterpillar snuggling into her cocoon. The Butterfly with Tattered Wings is a charming and stunning story about self-love and beauty that is brought to life in an uplifting journey.