With Komako Sakai's gorgeous, impressionistic artwork created from acrylic paints and oil pastels, Japanese novelist Yukiko Kato tells a simple story for youngsters up to 6 of a small girl named Yu who chases a butterfly into a grassland. Soon she is surrounded by leaves and insects, and swept up in the rustling and whirring sounds all around. Her sense of wonder briefly turns to loneliness and the feeling she is lost in grass as tall as she is, until her mother appears right beside her.
"With her fascination with nature and her first steps into independence and back again, Yu is a relatable, believable preschooler; and illustrator Sakai once again eloquently captures the facial expressions and postures of the very young."—Horn Book
"Sakai uses acrylic paint and oil pencils to create softly lyrical illustrations that surpass the appropriately minimal text in beauty and elegance [in an] immersive experience."—Kirkus Reviews