Butterfly on the Wind

Roaring Brook. Mar. 2024. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250821973.
K-Gr 3–Aurora is Deaf and nervous about an upcoming school performance. She is to share a fairy tale that she wrote, but her hands just won’t stop trembling. She notices a butterfly and puts her hopes and worries in her wish to be free like the butterfly as it flies away. Around the world, the butterfly flutters, connecting children who are Deaf in a variety of settings through the motion created by their signing. Bright digital illustrations capture the movement of the signing and the flight of the butterfly through various settings. By story’s end, Aurora is able to face her anxiety knowing her concerns have been held aloft by her larger community.
VERDICT A lovely story featuring Deaf culture and the power of communication and hope.

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