New Book Announcement: “Kai the Dancing Butterfly” by Crystal Z Lee

Kai the Dancing Butterfly, Crystal Z Lee, Allie Su (illus) (Balestier, February 2022)
Kai the Dancing Butterfly, Crystal Z Lee, Allie Su (illus) (Balestier, February 2022)

Kai and Ami are dancing butterflies from Taiwan! They have a performance coming up at the Winter Festival dance show in the southern part of the island. They are currently in northern Taiwan, so they need to hurry and start flying south. That’s far for a butterfly! Kai is worried about the long journey, and about the big show too. Can Kai step up to the challenge?

Kai the Dancing Butterfly celebrates Taiwan’s natural scenic wonders, amazing animal species, and incredible Indigenous cultures. This elaborately illustrated picture book is the first English-language children’s fiction featuring Taiwan’s fascinating Purple Crow Butterfly migration. This natural phenomenon is one of the planet’s largest mass butterfly seasonal migration. Exquisite illustrations of Taiwan’s animals and endangered species, such as the Taiwanese Black Bear and Formosan Clouded Leopard, fosters learning around ecological conservation and habitat protection. Real Taiwanese locations in the book also make for an inspiring geography, history and cultural lesson.


Kai the Dancing Butterfly
by Crystal Z Lee, illustrated by Allie Su
Balestier, February 2022 (ISBN 9781913891176)