Desiree’s Night Flight
By Jacquie Faber
“This book is smart, imaginative, and inspiring. We all go through periods in life where we question whether to follow convention or the whispers of our own heart. Here is a wonderful lesson in taking risks, finding one’s self through diving into the experience of life, and seeing the need for others. It is a treasure that has all the charming components to make it a classic for years to come.”
Desiree has a problem: she’s a butterfly, and she wishes to fly at night. She wants to follow her dreams and dance in the dark. But her mother and father have told her that only bats, owls, and moths fly at night.
Should she risk following her dreams and face the unfamiliar? Or should she be like the other monarchs that only fly during the day?
Now in hardcover!
Jacquie Faber is not affiliated in any manner with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC.org) or any of its programs, projects or websites.
“Desiree’s Night Flight is an enlightening read for both spiritual seekers and lovers of children’s literature. This magical story takes readers on a journey from doubt to belief in our hopes and dreams. Jacquie Faber has created, with her lyrical text, a timeless dance – from shadow to light. Truly inspiring!”
“When Desiree follows her dream into the unfamiliar she learns that love, trust and belief in herself can all work together. She discovers an inner light all living things share and can then draw on strengths she didn’t know she had. Ms. Faber’s beautiful tale delivers this powerful message with great charm.”
“This is a great picture book and story because it illustrates both the wonders and the risks of following ones spirit of adventure. The wonders are in finding a different kind of folks—here, butterflies and moths—spending a time dancing with them, and making a dear friend. When a risk happens—our butterfly heroine gets seriously netted—her new friend helps her avoid panic and get loose, and then stays with her until she gets safely home. Adventure, discovery, dancing in the moonlight, making new friends, keeping ones head in the face of danger, escape, and getting back home safe and sound: this story has it all. The additional facts about butterflies, and the lessons on drawing them, are further studies in the wonders too of nature. I highly recommend this picture book.”
“When I first saw the magical, colorful illustrations in Desiree’s Night Flight, I thought: What a gorgeous picture book. But then I started to read the text and found it to be an inspiring hero’s journey. In a butterfly’s point of view, it is a tale of following one’s dream, of overcoming adversity, and ultimately believing in oneself.
I plan to give this wonderful book to a young friend. In addition to providing lessons and inspiration, I find it to be an excellent teaching tool. It provides motivation for learning more about our endangered Monarch butterflies.
Though I’ve purchased the paperback [from Amazon], I also ordered the hardbound version, have to say, found it even better, the colors more vibrant and the addition of five interactive pages. One page details the metamorphosis of a Monarch–from egg to adult butterfly. Another page details how to design, plant, and care for an organic butterfly garden. There are also illustrations that show how to draw a butterfly and one to color in.
I highly recommend this amazing book.”
GET TO KNOW
Jacquie Faber was an elementary school teacher in Marin country for thirty-seven years. She spent twenty-six years at Wade Thomas School in San Anselmo where she taught third grade and specialized in Project Based Learning P.B.L. This is a way of teaching that empowers students by giving them a chance to decide what specific areas of the curriculum they would like to study. Students pick a chosen subject they are interested in, like butterflies, then write about it and design a project to go along with their writing. Jacquie and her students evaluated their projects on rubrics they designed together. The rubrics were based on standards from the California State Curriculum. In 1999 Jacquie was awarded the Golden Bell Award for her work. She also mentored teachers from other school districts on P.B.L.
Jacquie taught the Gifted Writing Program for the whole Ross Valley School District.
In her own classroom she taught students that mistakes are opportunities to learn, and “to follow their bliss.” She received her teaching certificate from San Francisco State, graduating in 1965 with a Lifetime Credential in Elementary Education.