Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Farfallina & Marcel by Holly Keller

The book's front cover
We found Holly Keller's book "Farfallina & Marcel" in the local library and it attracted us because of its beautiful front cover. The gosling and the caterpillar looked cozily snuggled together, leaving a warm feeling.

My 3-year-old daughter loves the story, which is about the friendship between these two very different beings. Written in a gentle way, it is full of sweet little details. For example, when the characters play hide and seek, Farfallina hides close to the ground, because she knows that Marcel cannot climb. When Marcel's turn comes, he hides just behind the nearest tree, because he knows that Farfallina moves slowly.

They happen to separate while growing, and it takes them a while to recognize each other after that. The scene of their reunion is emotional  and always brings tears in my eyes.

My daughter and I both love the watercolor illustrations with their bright, vibrant colors.

A beautiful story about friendship and growing up, told in a highly captivating way.

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