Some things in life should not be rushed. This rings true for the transformation of a particularly curious caterpillar. Buttercup, a quirky caterpillar, has many interests and things to do before creating a chrysalis and changing into a butterfly. When the other caterpillars rush to make their cocoons, Buttercup wishes for more time to explore and to play.
The Star Fairies hear her sincere request and grant her wish. The adventurous Buttercup receives a gift of time to explore the world around her and learn more about her many interests. This special time allows the caterpillar to naturally mature before the next stage of her life.
The Star Fairies give Buttercup one last gift—a sprinkle of stardust—to guide her on journey of transformation. When she emerges from her cocoon, Buttercup confidently soars with her butterfly friends.
Author Jean Hansen is a nature enthusiast who grew up in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. She is a specialist in elementary education with an emphasis of study in developmental learning and gifted education. She has more than three decades of experience working with children that have benefitted from her understanding of unique learning styles. Jean and her husband have two grown daughters. The couple lives near Detroit with their two dogs, Boomer the Bichon and Siberian Husky, Storm.
Jean created The Gift of Time in collaboration with her sister, Jill Tolfa. Jill has a Master of Arts degree in international and multicultural education, concentrating in literature for children and young adults. Jill is dedicated to building cultural competency to foster a more empathetic and peaceful world. She enjoys blending her practical art training with educational literature.
All the tiny caterpillars crept in a line. Buttercup, a curious one, always lagged behind.