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The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast   By: (1825-1894)

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The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast by Robert Michael Ballantyne is a delightful children's book that captivates readers with its enchanting story and stunning illustrations. Set in a magical world inhabited by insects and animals, this whimsical tale takes young readers on a journey filled with wonder and imagination.

The story centers around an extraordinary event - the Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast. Organized by the elegant butterfly, Miss Goldy, and attended by a charming cast of insects, this extravagant affair promises to be an evening of merriment and joy. Throughout the book, readers are introduced to various insect characters, each possessing unique personalities and quirks that add depth to the narrative.

Ballantyne's writing style is poetic and flows effortlessly, keeping readers engrossed from start to finish. The rhyming verses create a rhythmic cadence, making the book an ideal read-aloud for parents to share with their children. Furthermore, the vocabulary used in the book is accessible, enhancing young readers' understanding and engagement with the story.

What truly sets this book apart are the mesmerizing illustrations. Exquisitely illustrated by Ballantyne himself, the vibrant and detailed artwork brings the insect kingdom to life on every page. The colors are rich and inviting, and the attention to even the smallest creature is astonishing. These illustrations not only complement the narrative but also serve as a visual treat, sparking the imagination and captivating readers of all ages.

The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast teaches valuable lessons about friendship, inclusion, and the importance of celebrating one another's unique qualities. It encourages readers to embrace diversity and to appreciate the beauty in the world around them. The book's message is delivered in a subtle yet impactful manner, making it a thoughtful addition to any child's library.

While the book's target audience is primarily children, this enchanting tale can also be enjoyed by adults, particularly those who are young at heart. The whimsical story, paired with the stunning illustrations, creates a charming reading experience that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression.

In conclusion, The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast is a delightful children's book that encompasses a magical world, thoughtful messages, and captivating illustrations. Robert Michael Ballantyne has created a timeless classic that will undoubtedly capture the hearts of readers of all ages for generations to come.

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The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast, by R.M. Ballantyne.

This one of the half dozen or so little books that Ballantyne wrote for young children. Many of these, and certainly the earlier ones, were written under the pseudonym of Comus, but this one went out under his own name, perhaps because by the time it was published in 1874 his own name had become much more celebrated than that of his pseudonym.

It was written for very young children, and very amusing they must have found it, with its characters being the little insects and small mammals of the fields and woods, who assemble together for a feast. Naturally they must have become vegetarian for the day! Anyway, they put away their warring instincts, and had a good time together, though one or two incidents caused by the over exuberant during the dancing, threatened to cause serious mishaps, though all were avoided.

It's a tiny book, perhaps a twentieth of the size of one of Ballantyne's novels for older children, but it is certainly fun.




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