The Lamb and the Butterfly (Hardcover)

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By Arnold Sundgaard, Eric Carle (Illustrator)
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Eric Carle and Arnold Sundgaard's classic tale is now available in a redesigned edition.

One day, a Lamb and a Butterfly meet in a meadow. The Lamb, cautious and dependent upon her mother, is curious about the Butterfly's independent way of life. Meanwhile, the free-spirited Butterfly doesn't understand the sense of security that the Lamb needs from her mother.

When an unexpected storm injures the Butterfly, the Lamb and her mother care for her, nursing her back to health. Once she's better, the Butterfly must resume her journey, flying away from the meadow. As the Lamb and the Butterfly try to understand each other's perspective, we learn an important lesson about recognizing and respecting differences between ourselves and others.

About the Author

Arnold Sundgaard was a playwright, librettist, and author who won many awards and prizes for his writings. He also made use of his lyrical talents by writing children's books, including THE BEAR WHO LOVED PUCCINI, illustrated by Dominic Catalano.

Eric Carle is known around the world for his many highly original and beautiful picture books, including THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR and ERIC CARLE'S TREASURY OF CLASSIC STORIES FOR CHILDREN. For more information, please go to

Praise For…


"Preschoolers will respond to the story's rhythmic text, and Carle's signature bold, textured collages featuring a beautiful, multi-colored butterfly and a curly-coated lamb. The underlying message that different animals (and by extension, people) have different requirements is subtle but will be perceived by listeners. A good starting point for wide-ranging discussions." -- BOOKLIST

"Sundgaard's poetic text sings along at a brisk pace, as these two unlikely friends enjoy an afternoon's interlude. Carle, with the same use of strong color that won him recognition in THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR and subsequent works, has created bright acrylic and paper collage illustrations that intensify the movement of the story." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Sundgaard's text reads smoothly, but the book is chiefly distinguished by Carle's brilliantly colored collages, composed of beautifully painted textures. . . . Just right to share with a group." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS
Product Details
ISBN: 9780545443265
ISBN-10: 0545443261
Publisher: Orchard Books
Publication Date: February 1st, 2013
Pages: 32
Language: English

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