The Beautiful Butterfly by Judy Sierra
A Folktale from Spain

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A beautiful butterfly is courted by many suitors. She finally finds a husband who has a singing voice soft and sweet enough to please her, but no sooner does the honeymoon begin than he is swallowed by a giant fish! All of nature joins her in mourning, setting off a comical chain of events that results in a second chance for the beautiful butterfly and her devoted husband. Enchantingly original depictions of the beautiful butterfly and her friends and an inventive happy ending reveal the sweetness and humor of this enduring Spanish folktale. FOLKLORE NOTE.
 

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Published March 20, 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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The team behind Good Night, Dinosaurs here grants a happy ending to the tale of a heroine whose search for a mate traditionally ends with his death. In Sierra's comical version, a beguiling butterfly

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Sierra uses a repeated ""The House That Jack Built"" refrain to convey the ripple effect of the butterfly's sorrow (""The dove calls coo coo, and the tree drops its leaves,"" etc.) until the king enters and announces, ""To show how sad I am, I will take off my robe and run around in my royal unde...

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