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Darkness and the Butterfly

Ann Grifalconi

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ISBN 10: 0316328634 / ISBN 13: 9780316328630
Published by Little Brown & Co (Juv), 1987
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Title: Darkness and the Butterfly

Publisher: Little Brown & Co (Juv)

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Library Binding

Book Condition:Used: Good

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Small Osa is fearless during the day, climbing trees or exploring the African valley where she lives, but at night she becomes afraid of the strange and terrifying things that might lie in the dark

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PreSchool-Grade 1 In her African village little Osa is fearless, climbing ``even the big Baobab Tree''; but each nightfall she becomes paralyzed by fear. Then, while visiting the Wise Woman, Osa dreams that she turns into a butterfly and sees the light of the moon and stars. Realizing that ``the night was not really dark at all,'' she wakes to find her fear of the dark entirely gone. The honey-skinned child in her popsicle-pink shift is adorable, and the artwork is gorgeous: its colors are as radiant as stained glass, and a change in technique signals the dream-sequence. The plot, however, seems to be aimed at bibliotherapy, and to miss its goal widely. Osa's phobia is so severe that she, improbably, refuses food and comfort; butterflies are not nocturnal; discovering that the sky in the African bush isn't dark may help a fear of the night but hardly a fear of the dark (e.g., those shadows under one's bed); and Grifalconi seems to believe that ``being brave'' and ``not being afraid,'' are one and the same thing (they're not). The pictures are a treat, but the story leaves us still in the dark. Patricia Dooley, formerly at Drexel University, Phila .
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