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.
Jill Tolfa’s illustrations for The Gift of Time pair beautifully with the rhyming words of Jean Hansen. The poetry of the story is fun to read aloud for readers of all ages.
This charming and heartwarming book shines a positive light on children who may feel different from their peers. It is created for preschool through second grade learners, but anyone can relate to themes of identity, loving support, and gratitude. The book centers on the concepts of confidence, personal growth, and respect. Those who practice conscious parenting will find this book a valuable resource.
“I found a need for a book to stimulate conversations for parents as well as very young students to understand and discuss the importance of taking time to learn, to discover, and to play—socially, educationally and physically,” Jean says. “I have been successful in helping people understand their potential through storytelling. By translating personal experiences into stories, I have been able to help children overcome challenges and flourish.”
The insights Jean has gained during her 30 years of experience working with children are evident in The Gift of Time. Jean provides “an educational tool for children to feel comfortable with their personal choices and be confident to choose their own path. The message of the book is embrace your uniqueness.”
The book is a platform for educators, therapists, and parents to recognize the need to support a child’s individual development.