One day on a walk with his dad Charlie sees some boys and girls on the rooftop of the school saying goodbye as they release butterflies up into the sky. Charlie is amazed by all the butterflies flying around and wishes he could do something like that too. And when Charlie starts school next year he becomes a "butterfly scientist" as well and helps his teacher and classmates care for some teeny tiny caterpillars as they grow into butterflies and are released by Charlie and his class. "Bye Bye Butterflies!"
Andrew Larsen was born in Montreal but now makes his home in Toronto with his wife and two children. He has written several children's books, including The Imaginary Garden, which was nominated for the Governor General's Award as well as the OLA Blue Spruce Award.
Children's illustrator Jacqueline Hudon-Verrelli grew up in the tiny village of Zenon Park, Saskatchewan, but now lives in Calgary. Her work has appeared in magazines such as Today's Parent and Skipping Stones.
"Bye, Bye, Butterflies!, an ideal blend of story and science, introduces young readers to the butterfly life cycle through a fictional narrative. . . There are few exceptional picture books on the market that successfully meld story and science without sounding too technical, too wordy, or just plain boring. Bye, Bye, Butterflies! serves as a model for being able to hold a young child's attention while listening/reading a compelling storyline with an interesting character and sneaking in some really cool science, too. . . Adults and children alike will appreciate and enjoy all aspects of this book, from plot to text to illustration."
Highly Recommended. **** / 4
— CM Magazine