Holly Ridge author writes children’s book about self-acceptance

Anyone who feels different and thinks they’re not good enough should pick up a page from Julia G. Chadwick’s children’s book, “Buttercup: The Butterfly That Won’t Fly”.

Chadwick is a local author who wrote the book for ages 4-6 to teach them self-awareness and personal development through the story of Buttercup, a butterfly who is ashamed of the difference in his wings.

“Kids feel overwhelmed because they compare themselves to others,” Chadwick said.

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Buttercup struggles to find the courage to fly and doesn’t believe he can do what he was born to do.

The story begins on a beautiful spring day with Grandpa Amos, the oldest butterfly in Blossomville, checking all the young butterflies to make sure their wings were strong and taking them to the sky. When he notices that a butterfly is missing, he searches and finds Buttercup sitting alone in shame because his wings are different from other butterflies.

“I felt like I was the butterfly too, and I went through a lot growing up,” Chadwick said.

Mr. Howie, the wise old owl friend of Grandpa Amos, lifts his spirits by pointing out how uncomfortable and strange he felt as a young owl, but he grew up to embrace his uniqueness and found confidence in him. Mr. Howie’s differences are what made him what he was meant to be.

Buttercup receives the message from other forest creatures that he must pursue whatever he desires in his heart and embrace his goal no matter what he looks like. He meets other animals living their mission: a turtle made to move slowly, a bird that sings beautifully, a rabbit that moves fast, and a fish that swims underwater where its family needs it.

Grandpa Amos and Mr. Howie teach Buttercup that he is special and unique just the way he is, and he should be proud of that.

“The older generation passed on what they felt to the younger generation,” Chadwick said.

Chadwick said young and old alike should realize that comparing yourself to others is not the best way to move forward in life. Instead, we should embrace uniqueness and what we have to offer the world.

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Buttercup sees the living example in his animal friends and finds the courage within himself to accept that he was born to fly no matter what he looks like.

“I’ve seen a lot of kids feel left out because their hair isn’t as beautiful as another kid or doesn’t have the same things as another kid,” Chadwick said.

To Buttercup’s surprise, the other butterflies are inspired by her unique cup-shaped wings.

“That’s the beauty at the end of the book,” Chadwick said. “Buttercup had something to offer.”

The book uses vibrant illustrations and sung messages to engage the reader and provide an easy way to remember that everyone is unique and made to flourish no matter what.

Chadwick was inspired to write “Buttercup” as a stay-at-home mom to three children who are now adults. She is married to a husband who has supported her for over 40 years. She finally put her book in motion thanks to the encouragement of many, especially her late dear sister, Cynthia Waters-Brower.

For more information or to order “Buttercup: The Butterfly That Wouldn’t Fly”, visit https://www.buttercupthebutterfly.com. Chadwick’s book is available on Amazon for $ 9.99 in paperback.

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