Tuesday, April 14, 2015



When a little girl moves to a new town, she finds a place called Butterfly Park. But when she opens the gate, there are no butterflies.

Determined to lure the butterflies in, the girl inspires her entire town to help her. And with their combined efforts, soon the butterflies—and the girl—feel right at home.

Elly MacKay's luminous paper-cut illustrations and enchanting story encourage community, friendship, and wonderment in the beauty of everyday life.

Free poster on reverse side of book jacket.


Elly MacKay is the author and illustrator of IF YOU HOLD A SEED and SHADOW CHASERS.  She attended Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and now her artwork is sold around the world, including through her Etsy.com shop, Theater Clouds.  To learn more about Elly, visit her website (see below), her facebook page or her twitter account.

Author's Webpage                         Butterfly Trail Blog Tour Page


Elly Mackay presents a sweet story about a young girl finding a place for herself after her family moves.  Initially unhappy moving from her country home to the city, the girl finds hope in the nearby Butterfly Park. But when she discovers there are no butterflies in the park she is determined to bring them in and she recruits her neighbors to help her.  The remarkable thing here are the illustrations which are clearly scenes created using cut-paper.  It creates a real feel of community and atmosphere which I found soothing and beautiful.  The theme of finding and creating beauty wherever you are also shines through loud and clear.

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