Book Review: One million butterflies (about falling in love)
Data from the book One million butterflies
- Text: Edward van de Vendel
- Illustrations: Carll Cneut
- Publisher: De Eenhoorn
- Published: 2007
- Genre: children's book / picture book
- Number of pages: 32
- ISBN: 978 90 5838 434 8
- Suitable for: children from around six years old
About the writer, Edward van de VendelEdward van de Vendel was born in 1964 in Leerdam. As a little boy he didn't read much, but when he got older he started reading a lot. Books by Guus Kuijer, youth novels by Imme Dros and he was also a fan of the books by Paul Biegel, Wim Hofman and Els Pelgrom. He calls Astrid Lindgren the children's book champion. Edward wanted to be a footballer but couldn't play well. Singer was another option, but he couldn't sing nicely. Becoming a master also seemed like something to him and that was a bit in line with expectations, his mother was a kindergarten teacher and later a remedial teacher, his father was a school director. Edward became a master and he liked this profession very well. He stopped teaching in 2001 and is now a full-time writer. He writes texts for picture books, poems for young children, for older children. Furthermore songs and poems for adults and books for all ages (from the age of six). The writer writes by hand, in a notebook, then he puts it in the computer. The publishers he works for are Querido and De Eenhoorn. Edward's books have been translated into other languages, in German, French, Italian (One million butterflies), Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, Chinese and Georgian.
About the illustrator, Carll CneutCarll was born in 1969. He studied graphic design at the Sint Lucas Institute in Ghent. He has worked as an illustrator on various children's magazines and since 1996 he has illustrated ten children's books. Carll Cneut tries to bring something to the readers with his illustrations. The drawings are not completely finished and in this way he tries to excite the children. The first picture book for which he supplied both text and drawings was The incredible love story of Lord Morf. Carll finds it surprising that by applying color to a white sheet he can create a feeling. He uses acrylic paint because that is technically the best for him. Due to the stiffness and dryness of acrylic, it can use colors in multiple layers. He often adds something like pastel, pencil, ink or wasco.
The story One million butterfliesWhen the young elephant Stach sees a cloud of butterflies around him, his parents tell him it is time for him to go into the wide world. He gets a field bag with food and drink and has to go. Stach does not know where to go, but his parents say he will understand. When he asks when he will come back, his parents give the same answer.
The butterflies show Stach the way. Wild cats ask him to play with them, but Stach wants to continue. Every time Stach encounters other animals, the butterflies disappear briefly, but when the other animals are gone, they come back again. The Old Elk says that he saw the butterflies a long time ago and that Stach must enjoy and remember everything. All the animals he encounters afterwards know about the butterflies.
Just as Stach thinks he may always have to keep following the butterflies, he sees a girl. She is sitting on a bridge on a fence and butterflies are also flying above her head. Now Stach understands why he has made this entire journey and runs to the bridge. He is not sure how to proceed. But when he talks about the butterflies, the girl laughs and lays her leg on Stach's belly. He is shocked and thinks that the butterflies have settled in his stomach. But that tickling in his stomach comes from something completely different. The girl lays her leg back on his stomach and Stach lays his leg on the girl's stomach. Everything is exactly as it should be. And the butterflies? They fly away, looking for new boys and new girls, looking for everyone for whom it is almost time to see butterflies.