It is the final week of May, so that means it is now time to discuss Butterfly Yellow! To make it simple, we’ve posted downloadable discussion questions for you to use.
You can use it for your personal use to discuss with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Goodreads. Or you can start your own local chapter of The Silver Petticoat Book Club and talk about it with your friends and/or family.
We hoped you enjoyed reading Butterfly Yellow with us and will join us for the next Silver Petticoat Book Club pick.
If you’re reading this book with teens, we also recommend downloading Thanhhà Lại’s Teacher’s Guide on her website. It has helpful discussion questions and activities perfect for youth.
So, without further ado, here are the Butterfly Yellow discussion questions.
BUTTERFLY YELLOW DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (WARNING – SPOILERS!)
"Butterfly Yellow" Discussion Questions
A list of downloadable discussion questions for Butterfly Yellow by Thanhhà Lại. Amber and Autumn Topping from The Silver Petticoat Book Club wrote the questions.
To download, click on the Print button. You can choose to print or save it as a PDF to your computer. These discussion questions are for personal use only. If you use them, please credit The Silver Petticoat Book Club.
"Butterfly Yellow" Discussion Questions:
- Did you enjoy “Butterfly Yellow?”
- What was your favorite part of the book? Your least favorite?
- Do you have any favorite quotes, chapters, or passages? Share!
- How did you feel about Thanhhà Lại using a phonetic writing style? Did you adjust to it as LeeRoy did? Why do you think the author made this choice? Do you think it helped the book feel more authentic?
- How did you like the characters? Who was your favorite? Hằng? LeeRoy? David? Bà? Or some other character? Do you think the characters were relatable and/or admirable? What did you learn from each of them?
- Hằng expresses herself through art and writing. Do you think this helps Hằng communicate with others more effectively? Have you ever used art, writing, or another form of creativity to express yourself or communicate to others? Do you find it therapeutic?
- Were you surprised by David’s (Linh) reaction to his sister? Why do you think he had the reaction he did?
- Why do you believe LeeRoy and David bonded more quickly than Hằng and David?
- Chú Quốc wants to have custody of David. Do you agree with him? Or do you think he should stay with Cora (his new family)? Do you understand both perspectives?
- After reading "Butterfly Yellow," why do you think the author chose that as the title? What significance does it have in the novel?
- Did reading this book bring you greater empathy and understanding of the refugee experience?
- How did you feel about the budding romance between LeeRoy and Hằng? Did you find it sweet? Do you imagine it develops more in the future?
- Did you love the true connection that grew between them, the unlikeliest of pairs? Have you ever made an unlikely friendship?
- What messages or themes did you take away after reading the novel?
- How did you feel about the ending of the book? Were you happy with how it ended?
- Would you read more books by Thanhhà Lại?
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You’ll be able to download the questions, add some of your own, and turn the book club into the “entertaining” and “social” experience it’s meant to be!
If you start your own group and want to share your experiences, use the hashtag #TheSilverPetticoatBookClub and share some pictures from your group. We would love to see how members of the book club are participating!
Book club gatherings can be simple (discussing with your family and close friends on ZOOM or in person) or more complex – like having a meeting in person (once you feel safe) and having a Jane Austen-inspired tea party while discussing the book, for example.
The sky’s the limit on what you can do.
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