The residents of Chelm still have no common sense and no luck. They have given up — no longer building houses, repairing sidewalks or planting gardens. When a strange woman comes to town, she offers something better than luck — hope. Sure enough, beautiful butterflies land in the town square and the townspeople catch them under their hats, just as they are instructed to do. But when it begins to rain, the townspeople need their hats to keep dry. Of course, the butterflies fly away, reinforcing the lack-of-luck in Chelm. After a closer look, however, they see a trace of butterfly “powder” left behind under each hat. That seems to be all the hope they need to start rebuilding their houses, sidewalks and gardens. From then on, they focus on the traces of hope they had all along — right under their hats.
As with all of Rabbi Sasso’s books, the values here can be shared by people of all denominations. The gorgeous illustrations enhance the reader’s experience, allowing the reader to feel the excitement and hope as it grows in Chelm, although the Chelm depicted here clearly has no roots in any Eastern European village. The book will inspire readers to look under their own “hats” when they think all is lost.