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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Unique was upset that her family was going to move; she loved her friends so much she did not want to leave them. Her mother assured her that she could still meet with her friends and this move was going to be an adventure. Unique was worried about going to the new school the next day. Unique wondered whether anyone would like her or if she would like anyone in her new school. She decided to just be herself, and in school her teacher Ms. Mangu welcomed her. Unique still felt she did not belong there. Unique was given the responsibility of taking care of their pet friend Pillar the caterpillar by Ms. Mangu who wanted Unique to share her observations with the class after two weeks. Unique couldn't believe that she had to take care of a worm for two weeks and also talk about it after two weeks in front of the class. Her sister told her it was a caterpillar and the experience was going to be magical. The caterpillar transformed into a beautiful butterfly and changed Unique's world. Pillar the butterfly tells Unique not to hold back because she is different and how the colors on Pillar's wings represented each part of her.
Through the Colors of a Butterfly by Martinique C Mims is a wonderful story that conveys a lot of positive messages to readers and encourages them to come out of their cocoon and shine. Sequoia Bostick's illustrations add magic, color, and whimsy to the book and make it enchanting for readers. The story is not only about teaching children life lessons but also science as it teaches them about the life cycle of a butterfly. The author also tackles the topic of a child having a disability and being a girl of color in a subtle way. Though changes are scary, change is constant and this delightful story is the best way to help children accept change and embrace it. The story is also about self-confidence, self-acceptance, and will motivate children to deal with their situations in life in a positive way. This is good for tutors and parents to use for storytelling and read-aloud sessions in classrooms and homes, and will also be useful to therapists and counselors in dealing with children who need counseling to accept themselves.