Twelve-year-old Elizabeth is from Boston, Massachusetts. Isabel, also twelve, is from Caracas, Venezuela. The girls, who meet via email through El Sistema, an international musical program which provides free musical lessons to children who could not otherwise afford them, discover they have a lot in common. Both are drawn to blue butterflies, both play the cello, and both are being harassed by a bully in their music schools.
In addition to sharing their worries about the intensity of musical competition, Elizabeth/Isabel help each other realize that Raphael/Rafael’s bullying behavior is due to the boys’ own insecurities. Ultimately, the girls rely on inner strength, compassion, and forgiveness as tools for finding a resolution and for facing their on-going challenges.
Each girl is also helped by a magical blue butterfly that accompanies her at special moments to navigate her world. At the end of the story, the girls and the butterflies meet in a special intercultural exchange program in Boston.
The book includes captivating illustrations by the author’s daughter, Alexandra Rodman, and an accompanying CD containing six original compositions written and performed by Daniel Rodman, the author’s son. These songs reflect the girls’ emotional states throughout the book.
My Blue Butterfly/Mi Mariposa Azul won the coveted 2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award gold medal.
"In this deeply perceptive and moving story of two girls in two completely different cultures experiencing the same human joys and sorrows, Mercedes Alvarez Rodman gives us a clear window into the life of contemporary pre-teens. But these are no ordinary twelve-year-olds; they have been given the gift of music and membership in a global musical community thanks to the inspiration of Venezuela’s El Sistema. Who better than radiant blue butterflies to spread the message of joy and friendship through music around the world?" ~ Mark Churchill, director, El Sistema USA; dean emeritus, New England Conservatory
AUTHOR: Mercedes Alvarez Rodman was born in Caracas, Venezuela. She moved to the United States in 1978. She is married to Bruce Rodman and has two children, Daniel and Alexandra, who generously contributed to the creation of My Blue Butterfly/Mi Mariposa Azul. Mercedes and her husband live between Bourne and Boston, Massachusetts.
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