A Hopeful Story About Climate Anxiety
- ISBN: 9781778400827
- Tags: All Books, Children's Books, Eve Patenaude, Samuel Larochelle,
- Dimensions: 7.5 x 10
- Published On: 09/26/2023
- 104 Pages
An honest exploration of climate anxiety, for kids 8+ and the adults who love them.
When ten-year-old Florent overhears his mothers discussing the possibility of having another baby—and expressing their reluctance due to fears about the planet—his mind races off into a spiral of fear and guilt. Is the planet suffering because there are too many children—children like him? Do his parents think they made a mistake by bringing him into the world?
One night, Florent dreams that the forests have all burned to the ground and that his parents are flying away on a spaceship, abandoning him on a ruined planet. When he wakes up, he decides to stop talking… until a discussion with his mothers changes everything.
At a time when climate change is negatively impacting kids' mental health, Butterfly Wings provides:
- Anxiety relief: provides a safe space for kids to process their anxiety, fear, and other emotions about the climate
- A social-emotional learning tool for parents and teachers to talk about climate change with kids through a gentle and hopeful lens
Through thoughtful words and gorgeous illustrations, this compassionate story confronts the very real challenge of climate anxiety in a way that is accessible to young readers. Butterfly Wings provides children with a way to understand their feelings, while also offering hope for a different future.
Samuel Larochelle is a novelist, biographer, screenwriter, poet, journalist, radio/TV columnist, cultural entrepreneur, animator, lecturer, and trainer.
Eve Patenaude spent her childhood in Montérégie and her adolescence in Estrie. She is an author and illustrator, but also a linguistic and editorial editor. She loves books, drawing, embroidery, animals, winter, cozy knitwear and sipping a hot cup of steaming tea while looking out the window.