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There's a point where you can't get any more, which a young boy learns in "Can't Catch a Butterfly".  A light-hearted rhyming story accompanied by beautiful crayon-style art, "Can't Catch a Butterfly" is sure to please young readers.  A delightful addition to community library picturebook collections.
The Midwest Book Review

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Candace Lindemann, Editor

With pages that will remind readers of Eric Carle, Ms. Zimmerman has created a charming book ideal for children in the primary years.  Key language concepts are reinforced throughout the pages of this delightful children's tale.  Bright colors and child-friendly illustrations provide numerous opportunities for picture walks.  Can't Catch a Butterfly winds up by providing a moral that will appeal to both children and adults.  I enjoyed sharing this book with my kindergartener and know that you will enjoy sharing it with any young people in your life. 
John Stimmel, Principal
Sayville Schools
Sayville, New York

I love this book!  It is a wonderful example of quality literature for emergent readers.  The text is easy to predict and read; the illustrations are delightful.  This book should be in the library of every pre-school and primary level class.
Katharine Ventimiglia
Reading/LD Specialist
Adj. Asst. Prof of Literacy
Dowling College
Oakdale, New York

Michelle has written and illustrated a wonderful book, Can't Catch a Butterfly.  As a Children's Librarian, having participated in many storytimes at my library, I am certain that reading her story will be a big hit for young children...especially among our preschoolers.  It is a wonderfully illustrated, brightly colored book, with many important story lines.  The concepts covered are age appropriate, not only for early childhood education but for academic basics.  Michelle always has a smile on her face and the love of her job radiates from her heart.  Children look forward to working with her.  Michelle's personality and professionalism is as bright and illuminating as the rainbow depicted in her story.
Caren Kaller, Children's Librarian
Comsewogue Public Library
Port Jefferson Station, New York

I "kid-tested" Can't Catch a Butterfly to my three and four year old pre-school class. As I knew it would be... the story passed with flying colors!  The children were completely engaged by the beautiful illustrations.  The story enthralls the children!  They can relate to wanting to catch a butterfly and anything they can relate to holds their attention.  It is a perfect story to read to a classroom of preschoolers because of the delightful rhyming text and colorful pictures.  I'm excited to have this book to incorporate into our classroom!  We loved it. 
Jennifer Gaudiello, Pre-School Teacher
Love of Learning Children's Center
Westhampton Beach, New York

Can't Catch a Butterfly offers a multitude of opportunities to foster children's reading readiness skills.  Children will naturally develop their sound awareness as they listen and recite the rhyming words in this enchanting story.  The captivating illustrations will motivate a young child to learn to identify colors and develop number concepts while counting butterflies on each page.  The author's use of descriptive verbs allows a wonderful opportunity for children to retell the story by acting out the movements of the butterflies' journey.  On a personal note, my three year old daughter was so delighted with this book that she insisted on repeatedly "reading it" to me!
Michelle Diveris, Reading Teacher

East Quogue Elementary
East Quogue, New York

Thank you for sharing your delightful children's book with me.  I am sure all young children will enjoy the repetitive rhyming pattern and the colorful pictures.  You are truly a person with great talents!
Meryl T. Zaglin, Ed.D., Director
Suffolk County Early Intervention Program

I love how Michelle used the "see-saw" style of writing for her book, Can't Catch a Butterfly, so children will be able to quickly turn a read-aloud into a shared book adventure!
Susan Hendler Lederer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Communication and Sciences & Disorders
Adelphi University

The "message" portrayed in Can't Catch a Butterfly is inspiring and encompasses the elements of good character.  In addition, her book lends itself as a marvelous teaching tool.  Michelle is animated, poised and talented when interacting with young children.  She draws kids into her world of bright colors and positivism making them feel good about learning and feeling good about themselves.  She is truly committed to the well being of children.
Amy Metz, Elementary Teacher
Mount Pleasant Elementary School
Smithtown, New York

Can't Catch a Butterfly is a beautiful story with vivid illustrations that captures children with its educational concepts and fun cadence, and also captures parents with its sweet message of a young boy's journey.  Read it...again and again.
Andrew Vaughan, Ph.D., Psychologist
Founder of Up Wee Grow, Inc.
South Huntington, New York

Personally speaking, the pictures are absolutely adorable and amazingly colorful.  Can't Catch a Butterfly is extremely kid-friendly.  You almost want to "jump" into the pages with the little boy!  My five and six year old can't stop discussing this book and they have already made their very own "Can't Catch..." booklet.  This is the first story that my three year old recites by memory.  He "reads" this book over and over.  On a professional note- the pattern, repetition, and predictability of the text is just what a child needs that is experiencing difficulties in attending.
Cyndi Gaine
Early Intervention Special Educator
Suffolk County, New York

Can't Catch a Butterfly is a perfect book for children of many ages.  It offers a good way to teach the colors to a young child.  An older child will appreciate the repetition of the words as they begin to read and will enjoy looking for the butterflies as the story goes along.  It's an effective book for the child just learning English.  And of course, there is the larger lesson... that it is hard and sometimes wrong to catch a thing of beauty, as we then kill the very thing we loved the most.  I recommend Can't Catch a Butterfly to all parents and teachers of young children.
Susan J. Hunt Chandler, Kindergarten Teacher, MS - Special Education
Lompoc Unified School District
Lompoc, California

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