Title: The Butterfly
Author: Patricia Polacco
During the Nazi occupation of France, Monique’s mother hides a Jewish family in her basement and tries to help them escape to freedom.
Lexile Level: 430
Guided Reading Level: NR
Since the Nazis, with their tall boots, have marched into Monique’s small French village, terrorizing it, nothing surprises her. It is war! Then, one night, Monique encounters “the little ghost” sitting at the end of the bed.
When she turns out to be — not a ghost at all — but a young Jewish girl named Sevrine, who has been hiding from the Nazis in Monique’s own basement, how could Monique not be surprised! Playing secretly after dark in Monique’s room, the two become friends, until, in a terrifying moment, they are discovered, sending their families into a nighttime flight.
In turns heart-wrenching and touching, Patricia Polacco once again dips into her own family’s history to reveal this passionate and true tale of friendship from the French Resistance.