November 2020 Children & Young Adult Backlist Highlights - Awards

The Butterfly Garden Michael Torres, illustrated by Fern Martins

The Butterfly Garden
Michael Torres, illustrated by Fern Martins


Board book | Aug 2019 | Magabala Books | 9781925936995 | 10pp | 190x190mm | GEN | AUD$11.99, NZD$13.99

Age range 3 to 6


The Butterfly Garden is an entertaining introduction to the life cycle of a butterfly — played out by a fat caterpillar, a hungry kookaburra and a supporting cast of beautiful butterflies.

Spare and simple, The Butterfly Garden also weaves in the idea of how the kookaburra may have got his laugh. Fern Martins illustrations are a mix of strong colour and transulcent beauty. Her stained-glass interpretations of the cocoon at its various stages show its ephemeral quality in a joyful and fluid way.

This feel-good board book for Early Childhood will bring a smile to all readers.