A thousand white butterflies by Jessica Betacourt-Perez & Karen Lynn Williams
Today, I would like to introduce a children book, "a thousand white butterflies by Jessica Betacourt-Perez & Karen Lynn Williams.
This book is dedicated with love and affection to every immigrant who has had the courage to pursue their dreams in the United States and, has led with example and shown other immigrants that it is possible to live a successful life in a foreign country.
This children's book begins with a scene where a child who immigrated to the United States from Colombia looks out the window. She first came to America with her mother and her grandmother. Her father still works in Colombia. Not long after her immigration, she is new to everything and has no friends.
Like the mother in this picture, I used to ask my son that how was school today, who comes back from German school every day.
Children wear new shoes and new clothes and go to school with dreams and good expectation.
But on the first day of school, it snows heavily and you hear that the school is closing. The girl has to make new friends and adjust to school life, but she is sad that she can't do all of this.
I liked the part where the girl said she looked like a thousand white butterflies looking at the fluttering snow. Due to its proximity to the equator, Colombia is characterized by isothermal processes and tropical climates, so it doesn't snow. When the girl who lived here saw her eyes for the first time, it looked like a beautiful butterfly flapping its wings.
However, when it is snowing outside and she finds out that she can't go to school and has no friends, the girl quickly becomes sad. It seems that nostalgia as an immigrant is getting worse at this time.
Just then, she finds a girl of the same age playing in the snow outside the window. Children, miraculously, quickly find friends to play with.
This scene reminded me of my son. When my child first went to Germany, he tried to converse with them in Korean. Of course, the German child took a step back in surprise.
When it snows, children use their own bodies to make snow angels.
The girl made a snow angel with her new friend and made a snowman together, and they quickly became close friends. This is the surprising thing about raising a child in a foreign country. Even if there are different languages and cultural diversities, it doesn't matter at all in children's play.
This is the story of a girl who overcomes loneliness and conflicts as an immigrant through the subject of snow and confidently walks out of the world. It is a good book to read with your child if you are struggling with various issues such as education of children after immigrating for the first time.
Myungja Anna Koh