Author: Zev Lewinson

Illustrator: Lisa M. Griffin

Publisher: Swordpen

ISBN: 978-0-9853602-0-7


As Zev Lewinson quotes in his short children’s book titled, The Golden Butterfly, the famous boxer Mohammad Ali said, “Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.”

This unnumbered but around twenty five pages, over-sized paperback book has a colorful drawing of a yellow butterfly flying above a green field with pink flowers on the front cover. The back cover has a larger yellow butterfly with two reviews written within her wings. Illustrator Lisa M. Griffin creates colorful, large landscape scenes with bright flowers and butterflies that cover both full pages shown. The fanciful wording flows across the pages whimsically, with some bold or larger letters for reading emphasis. There is a short biography on both author and writer with painted butterflies depicting them. This simple book is targeted toward preschool or younger and reiterates that we all are the same, in spite of our outward skin color differences and traits.

This tome is about a yellow butterfly named Joy who flutters and flies around, wishing she had a play mate. When she flies to a group of brightly blue butterflies, she asks if she can play with them and show them some pretty roses nearby. They immediately tell her no and state that she is not like them, that she is different than they are. They are mean, telling her the color of yellow is ugly and to go away. Joy flies back to her mother, dejected and sad, asking her why she is so different. Her mother tries to comfort her and tells her she is beautiful and special.

The next morning a handsome blue butterfly flies by and apologizes for his mean friends, asking to play with Joy and be shown the roses. He tells her that her golden color is very beautiful. They fall in love and live happily ever after, with a page dedicated to several smaller blue, yellow and now green butterflies following the two parent butterflies.

This story can help any child learn that we humans are like butterflies. Even though we come in all different colors, shapes and sizes, we are beautiful the way we are. Although no Superior Being is mentioned in the book, we should not make fun of anyone else who is different from us since God designed each of us uniquely and specially.

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