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Red Butterfly: How a Princess Smuggled the Secret of Silk Out of China

Red Butterfly: How a Princess Smuggled the Secret of Silk Out of China By Deborah Noyes Sophie Blackall Red Butterfly How a Princess Smuggled the Secret of Silk Out of China An enchanting tale of hidden beauty and fierce courage retold in the style of T ang Dynasty poetry and illustrated with charm and graceA young Chinese princess is sent from her father s kingdom to ma

  • Title: Red Butterfly: How a Princess Smuggled the Secret of Silk Out of China
  • Author: Deborah Noyes Sophie Blackall
  • ISBN: 9780763624002
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Red Butterfly: How a Princess Smuggled the Secret of Silk Out of China By Deborah Noyes Sophie Blackall An enchanting tale of hidden beauty and fierce courage, retold in the style of T ang Dynasty poetry and illustrated with charm and graceA 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 bAn enchanting tale of hidden beauty and fierce courage, retold in the style of T ang Dynasty poetry and illustrated with charm and graceA 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 Beautifully told and arrestingly illustrated, here is a coming of age tale of a brave young princess whose clever plan will go on to live in legend and will ensure that her cherished home is with her always.
    Red Butterfly: How a Princess Smuggled the Secret of Silk Out of China By Deborah Noyes Sophie Blackall

    Red Butterfly How a Princess Smuggled the Secret of Silk Based on a Chinese folktale, Red Butterfly is a beautifully illustrated story about a young Chinese princess who is getting ready to leave her beloved homeland in Red Butterfly How a Princess Smuggled the Feb , The mystery of how she smuggled the secret of silk out of China a secret that had been kept for , years, and if revealed would mean certain death for the lawbreaker becomes secondary to the heart and mind of the Red Butterfly. Red Butterfly How a Princess Smuggled the Secret of Silk Red Butterfly follows a young Chinese princess just before she is to be wed to a prince in Khotan She longs to bring a part of her country with her but knows it is forbidden The book gives readers a chance to see how life was like in ancient China. Red Butterfly Symbolism and Meaning Dream Interpretation Oct , Red butterflies are amazing natural creatures Their power of total transformation and their beauty inspires millions in the world They are also a spiritual symbol associated with various meanings As we said in the beginning, universally a butterfly represents changes, transformations, and evolution towards something positive.

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    1. Denise Fitzgerald on said:

      I loved this book.A young chinese girl is sent from her empire to marry a King I am a child with my hair yet cut across my forehead, but soon I will marry the king of far Khotan.She really does not want to leave her beautiful land, which she so loves but her Father insists she leaves to become Queen The story tells of how the princess takes a piece of her land with her to Khotan.This book is so beautifully illustrated that it portrays the ancient chinese culture easily to a childs eyes I would r [...]

    2. Janet on said:

      What a lovely, poetic picture book From the quiet repetition In my father s kingdom there are many splendors to the diction rustling in red silk, rustling to the gorgeous painterly illustrations, this book has it all A wonderful story of longing and loss, and of one princess s daring in trying to take with her memories of her home, this is a small masterpiece.

    3. Elizabeth Chang on said:

      My mom is always encouraging me to learn my about my Chinese cultured I suppose borrowing this book from the library is part of it I vaguely remember learning about the Silk Road in grade 8 or 9 social studies, but I gotta say, this picture book brings so much to be.absorbed I love my culture

    4. Anastasija on said:

      I adore this book I am a big fan of Sophie Blackall, and this book is one of our favourites.

    5. Kelly on said:

      I m torn and confused by this one Sophie Blackall is one of my favorite children s book illustrators, and I think her work in this book is beautifully done, but overall I m confused about the intended audience of Red Butterfly It s written with subtlety and would likely require a LOT of explanation for younger audiences to truly get it To appreciate the book as it deserves, I think readers would be benefited by an understanding of the cultural and historical contexts, the role of marriage as a p [...]

    6. Kaela Ewing on said:

      This books gives readers insight into the Chinese secret of silk production It has a rich plot that leaves readers with thought provoking questions Why couldn t she take anything with her when she left to marry How was she able to smuggle some items from China The characters represent Asian culture accurately The main character describes her father s kingdom, thinking of the many splendors she will remember about her life there and what she will miss when she leaves it to marry Silk is the most [...]

    7. Maya on said:

      My Review I love the way she smoothed the words like silk and charmed the words It was historical and just in the way I love it and it showed me how the way China was in the beginning and how it was absolutely fun to read and the way it described each thing delicately was a wonder Also the Author s note was very knowledgeable and showed me many pieces of history I loved the illustrations and all the detail put into each picture and how it was worded as though it was really made out of silk I lov [...]

    8. Tim Snell on said:

      Genre Historical FictionCopyright 2007 Red Butterfly follows a young Chinese princess just before she is to be wed to a prince in Khotan She longs to bring a part of her country with her but knows it is forbidden.The book gives readers a chance to see how life was like in ancient China There are parts throughout the book that describe the beauty that China possesses and the culture of the Chinese people The illustrations were good and the colors Sophie Blackall were appropriate The book also giv [...]

    9. Sara Renae on said:

      I was rather torn while reading this book to my young son While I m a lover of historical fiction, I felt the content of this picture book was a bit inappropriate for my four year old In hind sight, I should have read it first Fortunately, he isn t old enough to understand the underlying story of the young Chinese princess who longs to take a precious piece of her childhood home with her The illustrations and prose depict China s beautiful splendor , so we very much enjoyed the cultural lesson A [...]

    10. Melanie, Aaron, Annie, and Mary Project on said:

      Read by MaryAuthor Deborah NoyesIllustrator Sophie BlackallGenre HistoricalInterest Level K 2Grade level Equivalent 5.7Lexile Measure 880L This book is about a princess who was responsible for bringing silk to the whole world China had become rich by keeping the secret of the silkworm for themselves This is based on the true story but with some embellishment This is supposed to be for interest level of K 2nd, but I think it would be better suited for the upper levels, especially third grade, whi [...]

    11. JustOneMoreBook.com on said:

      Delicately depicted in mint, peach and red, this beautifully worded tale shares the solitary heartbreak and secret unraveling of a young girl who shines light into her own uncertain future.Other books mentioned Goodnight Moon Gleam and GlowListen to our chat about Red Butterfly How a Princess Smuggled the Secret of Silk Out of China on our JustOneMoreBook Children s Book Podcast justonebook 2007 1

    12. Sarah on said:

      Poignant and tender, this story tells the tale of a young Chinese princess who smuggled the secret of silk from home in China to her intended s kingdom far away.The illustrations are beautiful, complementing the subtly heartbreaking tone of the story, and the pictures and words are perfectly balanced Though I wouldn t recommend this book for very young children, I would encourage older children to read and reflect on it s content.

    13. Karissa on said:

      I really enjoyed this book and there are numerous ways to use it in the classroom This is a folktale about how silk was smuggled out of China and is full of beautiful illustrations, poetic text, and Chinese culture There is also an author s note in the back of the book about the history of silk.

    14. Dolly on said:

      This is a wonderful story, woven with gorgeous illustrations and a story that is poetry than pure narrative It is simple enough to keep children engaged, but it is sophisticated enough for adults too This is a great story to read aloud the words are almost musical off the tongue.We ve borrowed this book a couple of times from the library Our oldest daughter really loves it

    15. Deanna Mcdonough on said:

      This book shows realist fiction at it s best What happened was real, but we don t know if it was all true A young princess is sent from her home to marry a king in a far off land She is sad but knows that her place The title is misleading, though This good for young readers The pictures are colorful and plentiful The sentences are not that hard, either.

    16. Jamila on said:

      Blackall s illustrations are lovely with inspiring patterns The book is about the princess and her preparation for marrying the king of Khotan There is one page in the narrative about her secret smuggling and nothing about silk production Noyes writes poetically.

    17. Jen on said:

      If you must go, with you hair yet cut across your forehead, from all you know, take with you some small piece of brightness, some shining memory, for the world is large, little butterfly, and the road is long.

    18. Carrie Gelson on said:

      Beautifully illustrated book The information in the back helps the story to make sense but without reading it or having any background knowledge, I am not sure if children would be able to understand the plot.

    19. Sandi on said:

      This was a fun book with great illustrations The author uses a lot of descriptive words This would be a geat book to use in a lesson that introduces how and when to use descriptive words.

    20. Brent on said:

      Love this illustrator, too, from, amongst other great work, the Ivy Bean series Chronicle Books.

    21. Michelle on said:

      Beautiful pictures and poetic language Not necessarily a story time book but I enjoyed it.

    22. Elizabeth on said:

      3.5 starsBeautiful illustrations and I enjoyed to explanation at the end.

    23. Hilary on said:

      Fleshes out the folk tale of how the secret of silk was smuggled out of China Good marriage of text and illustration Appealing Absorbing Thought provoking.

    24. K.A. Barson on said:

      I read the book aloud because the language is so beautiful and soft, it begs to be heard Very lovely

    25. Shannon D. Hall on said:

      The story would have been great, but how the Author chose to write it makes it difficult for young readers to follow.

    26. Kelli on said:

      A visual treat that teaches about cadence of language, the customs of a culture, and the human experience of life changes.

    27. Khris on said:

      Beautifully illustrated by I m not so sure the text would appeal to younger children

    28. Joenna on said:

      A beautiful book with lovely illustrations The text is poetic and flows very nicely Not a read aloud book, but good for an older child One learns a lot about the Chinese culture.

    29. Marcy Turner on said:

      I really enjoyed this book and loved the history behind it The pictures were beautiful as well I do think the concept and words used were a bit over my 6 year old s head though.

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