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It was bound to happen. Miranda Paul and her kids have raised hundreds of butterflies over the last decade, and yet she hasn’t had a book about butterflies—until now, that is!
The inevitable has come into being with her latest deal, for A KALEIDOSCOPE OF HOPE: A BOOK OF BUTTERFLIES, which is illustrated by the incredible team of Hari Panischer and Deepti Nair, who work in cut paper. Hari and Deepti’s agent, Kirsten Hall of Catbird Productions, actually initiated the concept, inspired by learning that a group of butterflies is called a kaleidoscope.
The package of Miranda’s text and Hari and Deepti’s gorgeously realistic butterfly and cocoon samples caught a lot of eyes, and we were pleased to sell this at auction to Martha Mihalick of Greenwillow after sending it out on the very first business day of 2021. Greenwillow couldn’t be a more perfect home for it!
Sadly, you have to wait until summer 2023 to see the glory that will be this book. It’s more than pretty, though: the text encourages kids to understand the role of butterflies in the ecosystem and to be community scientists—much like Miranda and her kids.