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The Butterfly's Ball

R. M. Ballantyne

Book Overview: 

The gadfly, dormouse, mole, hare, and other creatures prepare for the elegant, glittering Butterfly Ball and Grasshopper Feast. Nature notes on each animal are appended.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Chapter Two. The Butterfly’s Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast.

Come, take up your hats, and away let us haste

To the Butterfly’s ball and the Grasshopper’s feast;

For the trumpeter Gadfly has summoned his crew,

And the revels are now only waiting for you.


On the smooth-shaven grass by the side of the wood,

Beneath a broad oak that for ages has stood,

See the children of earth, and the tenants of air,

For an evening’s amusement together repair.

It was very early one delightful morning in summer, when the trumpeter Gadfly sounded his horn, inviting all the insects in the forest to the Butterfly’s ball and the Grasshopper’s feast. The sun shone brightly, the air was mild and soft, and the scent of the wild flowers delicious, so that not one of the insects thought of staying at home. Butterflies, Beetles, Bees, Wasps, Snails, Grassho. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Just beautiful.

Oops. Didn’t know it was an old children’s poem ..... but it was so beautiful I went ahead and enjoyed it. Written in the late 1700’s ..... but still good.

This is a beautiful book of verse, accompanied by full and lustrous illustrations of the Butterfly Ball. I remember this one from when I was a child - there was even a song and film clip released I believe. Great memories and a beautiful book that can be enjoyed by the whole family. A lovely additio

I remember being utterly captivated (and more than a little unnerved) for hours and hours by the intricate illustrations as a kid, and now as an adult the sense of wonder still survives as they are uniquely rich, vivid, and ever so slightly menacing!

The Butterfly Ball and The Grasshopper's Feast is a beautiful story about the insects and small animals all getting ready to attend a ball. The story is told in poetry form and has the most wonderful colour illustrations you have ever seen. A vast number of interesting creatures are attending the ba

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