Thursday, December 3, 2009

One Hundred Butterflies - Holiday Gift Idea & Review

So with Christmas just around the corner, many of us are busy trying to find just the right gift for the special people in our lives. I am no exception. I have many gifts to get and many different interests to take into consideration.

One of my extended family members has a very strong interest in everything butterflies. So when Hachette Book Group was looking for reviewers for One Hundred Butterflies by Harold Feinstein and Fred Gagnon, I jumped at the chance.

Thank you to Hachette Book Group for sending me a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.

About The Book:

In One Hundred Butterflies, photographer Harold Feinstein showcases butterfly varieties from around the world, turning exquisite details into mesmerizing works of art. Feinstein's breathtaking photographs capture the color, vibrancy, and infinite variety of patterns that occur on the wings of these ornate insects. One hundred impeccably reproduced, oversized photographs allow viewers to appreciate the Blue Morpho of Central America, the African Birdwing, and the Asian Swallowtail at a scale and depth impossible to experience in nature.

About The Author:

Harold Feinstein's distinguished career in photography began in 1950, when Edward Steichen purchased his work for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and exhibited it frequently during his tenure there. Feinstein's photographs have also been exhibited by and represented in the collections of the International Center of Photography, the George Eastman House, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Musie d'Art Moderne in Paris. His work has appeared in such periodicals as Life, Audubon, Connoisseur, and Popular Photography. He is the author of 100 Flowers, Foliage, The Infinite Rose, and The Infinite Tulip. Feinstein lives in Merrimac, Massachusetts.

Fred Gagnon is curator of butterflies at Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens in South Deerfield, Massachusetts, where he tends over three thousand butterflies from Asia, Australia, Africa, South America, and North America.

My Review:

This book is stunningly beautiful. Seriously, I do not know how else to describe it. The colors are so vibrant and striking. The photos are placed in the center of a plain white paper and just pop off the page. Even my three year old daughter wanted to look through it over and over again. She wanted to know the names of each butterfly (which, I am very grateful they were labelled under the photo).

Throughout the book are quotes from a variety of sources, all relating to butterflies. One quote that stands out to me is:

"May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness, and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond"
Irish Blessing (p.96)

This book will make the perfect gift for the nature lover in your life. As well, it would make a perfect coffee table book for any home.

BUY IT: One Hundred Butterflies by Harold Feinstein and Fred Gagnon can be purchased online at or You can also check out your local bookseller for availability.

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