The Butterfly by Patricia Polacco

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Since the Tall Boots--the Nazis--have marched into Monique's small French village, terrorizing it, nothing surprises her. Until the night Monique encounters "the little ghost" sitting at the end of her bed. When she turns out to be--not a ghost at all--but a young girl named Sevrine, who has been hiding from the Nazis in Monique's own basement, how could Monique not be surprised! Playing upstairs after dark, the two become friends until, in a terrifying moment, they are discovered, sending both of their families into a nighttime flight. In the tradition of Pink and Say, Patricia Polacco once again dips into her own family's history to reveal her Aunt Monique's true story of friendship from the French Resistance.

About Patricia Polacco

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Patricia Polacco has written and illustrated many highly acclaimed books, including "Some Birthday, " an IRA/CBC Children's Choice book and a Parents' Choice Award winner. Among other honors she has received are the International Reading Association Award for "Rechenka's Eggs, " the Sydney Taylor Book Award for "The Keeping Quilt, " and the Children's Literature and Social Responsibility Award for the overall excellence of her work. She lives in Oakland, California, with her husband and two children.
Published June 1, 1972 by Spoken Arts. 48 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Fiction

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“They laughed and giggled, and told each other their dreams.” Although frightened by the presence of Nazi soldiers in her village, their friendship grows, and Monique brings gifts to Serine from the outside world: rich soil, a bright flower, and finally a real wonder, a butterfly.

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Her sympathies are quickly focused: one night Monique wakes up to discover a girl in her bedroom and learns that she and her parents, Jews, have been hiding for months in Monique's house, protected by Monique's mother.

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