Butterfly Blink by Karl Beckstrand

The Synopsis:

Winner of Promoting Picture Books’ 2016 cover contest. (Stories Without Words series) Follow the stages of a monarch butterfly from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. With each blink the butterflies multiply (until a playful dog disperses them).

Children (ages 2 – 6) cement vocabulary as they make up stories to go with colorful illustrations. Wordless book activities include finding and naming insects and characters and describing the action in this butterfly book. Includes diverse kids, special concern species, and insect habitat conservation.

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.


Butterfly Blink is a creative book that can be used to test the vocabulary of the readers as well as their knowledge of butterflies. It is a book filled completely with pictures and no words, it’s purpose to challenge the readers to say the story they see unfolding before them.

The pictures are unique and done very well, keeping our imaginations open as we flip through each page. I really love the availability Butterfly Blink provides for the kids to make up their own stories and be creative.

At the very end of the book, there is a small section dedicated to giving a little bit of information about monarchs in particular and different food they eat, as well as how they are becoming endangered.

Overall, I was pleased with Butterfly Blink and will be keeping my eye out for future books by this author. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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Rayleigh is a Freshman in college with a major in Accounting and long-term goal of being a CPA. She is an avid reader of all genres, and just as much of her time is spent writing as it is reading. She is the Associate Editor and Web Manager for PURSUE Magazine, in addition to posting her monthly articles on their blog. Rayleigh interns for Hartline Literary Agency where she advises authors in the best way to market their books. She is also a Social Media Manager for various businesses.

Her writing pseudonym is Rae Leigh and she is in the process of seeking publication for her Dystopian novella, Program MIRA.

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