Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Similar Covers: Butterflies

While I was in Indigo the other day with a friend, I spotted a familiar cover: The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie (Hazelden, 1990). I’m almost 100% positive it’s the same butterfly (reversed) as appears on the cover of Jane Urquhart’s latest novel, Sanctuary Line (McClelland & Stewart, 2010).

A quick search on TinEye revealed two other exact matches: Chrysalis by the Venice Public Library Poets (Peppertree Press, 2008) and Understanding Change by Malcolm Webber (Strategic Press, date unknown).

I also recently came across two covers that feature the same blue butterfly: Touch (Our Senses) by Kay Woodward (Gareth Stephens Publishing, Jan 2005) and York Notes Advanced: Selected Poems – Carol Ann Duffy (Pearson, Jun 2005).

Finally, here are two butterflies-in-a-jar covers that are very similar though at the same time quite different: The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew (Kensington Publishing, 2011) and A World Away by Nancy Grossman (Hyperion, 2012).

Of all of these covers, my favourite by far is A World Away, which is whimsical and colourful (but may or may not have anything to do with the story, which is about an Amish teen who goes to Chicago for the summer to be a nanny!).

For other “similar covers” posts featuring butterflies, check out Blue Butterfly Covers, More Butterflies (Jar Optional) and Escaping Butterfly.


  1. Butterflies make me think of Spring :)

    How have you been? Is it cold there yet? We are having a warm spell right now. Close to 80 degrees yesterday. Today is a bit cooler. My garden doesn't know what to do when it goes from 39 to 78 in just a couple of days.

  2. A World Away is probably my favorite of all of them too.

  3. I think A World Away is my favorite as well.

  4. I like the butterflies on the fiction covers!!

  5. I agree with you, that's my favourite, too. These covers made me think of some of the photos of one of my favourite photographers Gabriela Da Costa. This is what they reminded me of... take a look

    and especially

    These could definitely be future book covers!

    (sorry for the previous deletions)

  6. While I don't like lookalike covers, I do like butterflies, very much. (Someday, I may tell you about the butterflies above the pyramids northeast of Mexico City). As usual, very nice presentation.

  7. I like "A World Away" too. Very lovely and cheerful looking.

  8. Once again, I share your taste as A World Away immediately caught my attention. So beautiful!

  9. I like all the butterflies. I guess you can't go wrong with a pretty cover.