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The Gift of Time

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This is somewhat whimsical, and the Granddaughter really liked it. She could read it easily and it didn't get super deep for her. She liked the pictures also, studying them, seeing way more in them than I, as an adult, did. A happy ending for Buttercup, and the same for children as they grow, confident in their life, with someone always looking out for them.
I think for a child's attention span and them reading, it was good.
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This is a wonderful rhyming story to wrap around your mind and heart.  We all are unique. We all do things in our own way and when the time is right for us.  It is an important lesson for kids ( and adults ) to learn. 

Buttercup is a free-spirited little caterpillar who is in no hurry to become a butterfly.  

"All the tiny caterpillars crept in a line. Buttercup, a curious one, always lagged behind." 

 One night all her caterpillar friends rushed to make their cocoons and hide themselves away... but not Buttercup.

"I'm not yet ready to hurry on my way.  I need time to learn to discover, and to play." 

The Star Fairies heard her heart's wishes and granted them to her.  As the end of spring arrived Buttercup felt strange and her body was telling her it was time for her to morph.  The kind fairies sprinkled her with stardust and lovingly watched over her until her weaving was done.  

When Buttercup is finally a beautiful butterfly will she be happy with her transformation?  Will she still be herself inside and want to explore and re-discover her world by using her beautiful newly- formed wings?  I have a feeling that that part of her will never, ever change.  This book will touch the hearts of both kids and parents.  We all are aware that kids grow up and spread their wings and take flight from home just as Buttercup did from her chrysalis.  I highly recommend this book.
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A big thank you to NetGalley and Dog Ear Publishing for the ARC. I am voluntarily reviewing this book. This is a kids book.  I am not sure about the premise.  The caterpillar wants to play and explore so asks for more time (like every child). Is this a good thing?  What does the  caterpillar learn from getting that extra time?  Does the caterpillar get an extra hour a day??  I think my child would ask for more time if we read this book and expect to get it.  So for me it's ok but not practical.  I know it's supposed to be cutesy but it doesn't pull it off. 3 stars
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I thought that this story was nice but I have to say I really didn't like the images.
Sadly I can only give this one two stars, the images really affected my enjoyment and they don't look very professional.  The books has a great idea but the execution is not great sadly.
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I'm afraid I don't understand the premise here. What can a caterpillar do that a butterfly can't? Apparently, caterpillars have hands with opposable thumbs, allowing them to do things like play the flute, do science experiments, and write with a pencil. Butterflies aren't so gifted. (This just seems like a weird use of fantasy. If you're going to give human traits to insects, there needs to be a better reason than trying to shoehorn those traits into the already weak plot.) As a result of this strangeness, the message seems to be that, once you're an adult, all learning stops.

Buttercup the caterpillar is given the "gift of time" by some fairies who prolong her "childhood" and prevent her transformation into a butterfly so she has more time to do stuff. It almost sounds to me like this was written for parents who don't want their children to grow up. With few exceptions, most children can't wait to grow up... so I'm not sure if they'll be able to relate to the premise here (especially since Buttercup uses her extra time to do what looks like the equivalent of homework).

This is a book in rhyme, and those rhymes are surprisingly not terrible, given the other problems the book has. I wasn't quite sure for the first few pages ("line" and "behind" don't exactly rhyme), but then it got a little better. However, those rhymes are the building blocks for a pretty weak story.

I'm also not enamoured with the illustrations. They look more like doodles than something that belongs in a children's book. Buttercup herself often looks kind of queasy (even when she isn't supposed to be), and the fairies are flat and kind of boring.

Maybe it's because I've grown up that I can't see the magic in this, but I prefer a little more logic in the fantasy I read. Add in the message that older people can't do anything, and it's not a book I'd recommend.
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