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The Butterfly Effect

2.85  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  18 reviews
A father watches his daughters lovingly care for a squirmy gang of caterpillars. When they morph into butterflies, the girls witness the true meaning of life... unfortunately. A short story by Scott Semegran.
Kindle Edition, 12 pages
Published March 4th 2010 by Scott Semegran
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Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a cute father- daughter bonding story that goes awry at the end-not unlike many childhood incidents in my life as well as my children-probably better for older children and contains one swear word. It is short and sweet so would be easy to read first before sharing with kids.
Jeff Dawson
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Seldom do I read all the bad reviews on a story, but this one I did. I don’t quite understand all of the negative thoughts. The story is hardly notable, but isn’t absolute garbage.
Dad orders a butterfly farm for his daughters. These are kind of cool. My granddaughters had one and thoroughly enjoyed watching the caterpillars change. Like the girls in the story, they fought about trivial items.
SPOILER ALERT-Not that is needs one, but one never knows.
The girls want to release their pets, but the
Georgina N
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
The true meaning of life in a family and in every day life observations!
Although it was the shorterst books I have ever read ,it was cute and very relaxing!It's one of the books for summer vacation!!
I would like it to be a little bigger though so that that it could give me time to bond with the characters.
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
Such a touching story of a father bonding with his two young daughters who happen to learn a lot about life in the process. I think I felt particularly moved by it because I have two young children of my own. Perhaps I will help them raise some caterpillars into butterflies one day.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing

In less then 10 minutes we understand the interrelationships of an entire young family replete with cat, dog, and butterflies in a complete slice of life story
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
So I picked this one up a while back when it was a freebie on Amazon. It’s a short, quick read, but it is a nice glimpse into everyday life and the authors writing. Even though it was short I found myself smiling and even laughing a few times at some of the character and his daughters’ antics. I think I mainly enjoyed it so much simply because it was just real. I found myself nodding my head at some of the things the girls would do because my own daughters would do the same things. Even the endi ...more
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
As this short story is really short I feel that describing the content in any way would give it away and I don't want to spoil it. I really enjoyed this short story, I found it charming, witty and couldn't put it down. In fact I missed my bus stop because I was so determined to finish it before I got to work.

It was well written and the author has a great sense of irony. I would definitely recommend this short story and I'm on the hunt for more work by this author.
Jun 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok shortest book I have ever read, but it was to cute but I didn not expect that ending!! wow!
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
This was a very short and cute story. I would hsve liked a little back story lik why they were getting the caterpillars in the first place.
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Loved this father/daughters story very much, and [spoiler]

I got a nice belly laugh at the end!

Enjoyed this one - and it was a freebie!
Oct 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this cute story about two little girls watching the change from caterpillar to butterfly. I liked the ending, haha
Konstantin Weberg
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice book
Trish Arrowsmith
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
I can't say as much as I'd like to without giving the entire story away. I didn't find the story to be "cute" in any way and there were no life lessons to be learned by the children. The entire story was very contrived. The author was trying to make things cute by having the children name the caterpillars things like "Wormy". The end of the story was not a twist, it was a tragedy. I do have to admit I did chuckle a bit at the end but I was actually more relieved than anything that the story was ...more
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, short-story
I love short stories (of which this is one), however this was almost a little too obscure for me. I get the fact that the cocoon is symbolic of the fragility of life, I think I was just expecting more. A good quick read nonetheless.
Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-book, short-stories
Meh. This was okay. If it was a story being told to me, it would be cute. But as a complete short story, a little novel which is supposed to leave me feeling or contemplating it didn't quite work. Read free online here. ...more
Jul 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
Rather sad depressing story, not quite sure what the message is supposed to be - beauty is fleeting? Death is inevitable? Better to be beautiful for a second than never at all? You can't trust anyone? Childhood is full of disappointment? Etc. etc. Ultimately just depressing. ...more
Desley (Cat fosterer)
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
A very short story and I'm not really sure what the point was. ...more
Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, read-in-2011
Well, it was... short. The story was okay, but I didn't like the dialogue. Seemed fake and forced. Then again, I suppose most dialogue does when it barely has any context. ...more
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Scott Semegran is an award-winning writer of eight books. BlueInk Review described him best as “a gifted writer, with a wry sense of humor.” His latest novel, The Benevolent Lords of Sometimes Island, is about four middle school friends who sneak away to an abandoned lake house to evade the wrath of high school bullies, only to become stranded on the lake’s desolate island. His previous novel, To ...more

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