Red Butterfly

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Red Butterfly
Written by Deborah Noyes
Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1536203769
ISBN-13: 9781536203769
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Red Butterfly
How a Princess Smuggled the Secret of Silk Out of China

author: Deborah Noyes
illustrator: Sophie Blackall

A young Chinese princess is sent from her father’s kingdom to marry the king of a far-off land. She must leave behind her home of splendors: sour plums and pink peach petals and — most precious and secret of all — the small silkworm. She begs her father to let her stay, but he insists that she go and fulfill her destiny as the queen of Khotan. An enchanting tale of hidden beauty and fierce courage, here is a coming-of-age tale of a brave young princess, retold in the style of T’ang Dynasty poetry and illustrated with charm and grace.

“Written in the style of ancient Chinese poets . . . while splendid ink-and-watercolor illustrations poignantly capture the princess’s leave-taking.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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1536203769 /  9781536203769
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Picture Books / Paperback
age range:
6 yrs - 9 yrs
# of pages/size:
32 / 9 5/16" x 10 13/16"
grade range:
Grade 1 - Grade 4
Royalty; Clothing & Dress; Fairy Tales & Folklore;
illustrator’s comments:
Sophie Blackall has illustrated several children's books and has also animated for TV. Her books include Meet Wild Boars by Meg Rosoff, and Ruby's Wish. Of Red Butterfly, she says, "It was such a delight to delve into ancient China. From the moment I first read this story, my mind has been dancing with red butterflies and peach blossoms, lotus pools and autumn moons, princesses and secrets." Sophie lives in New York, USA.
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