Reference: Polacco, P. (2000). The butterfly. New York, NY: Scholastic Inc.
Brief Annotation: This story is about Monique and her family during the Nazi occupation of France. Monique’s parents were hiding Jews in their basement from the Nazi’s. A child from the basement named Sevrine comes upstairs to visit with Monique, and they become good friends. Eventually, it is unsafe for Sevrine and her family, so they have to leave. Monique and her mother help Sevrine and her parents escape to be free. Monique gives her cat, Pinouff, to Sevrine, as a gift. Sevrine returns the favor to Monique by giving her, her Jewish star necklace.
Genre: Non-Fiction, Educational
Grade Level: 3rd-5th Grade
Readers who would like this book: This book would be a great book to read during history about World War II and the occupation of the Nazi’s. It expressed how bad the Holocaust was, without being too graphic.
Rating and Response: I give this book a 5/5 for the reason that the writing is beautiful and that it is a real story. The Holocaust was a horrible event that should never be forgotten. Sometimes it is hard to talk to children about these types of events, but it is so critical that we do. This book allows children to learn without it being too disturbing.
Text-Dependent Questions: Why was Servine hiding in Monique’s basement?