Caterpillar’s Surprise by Janet Halfmann celebrates the beauty of change, growing, and friendship.
Caterpillar is eager to win the Blue Ribbon at Owl’s Masquerade Ball, but she fears she can’t fool anyone since she is such a baby. Then Tadpole convinces her that her natural baby disguise of looking like bird poo is a sure winner.
As Caterpillar grows and her looks change, she gets more worried. Thankfully, Tadpole is there to encourage her. Then one day, Caterpillar spins a chrysalis. For weeks she sits unchanging and unmoving. Tadpole wonders if she will break out in time for the ball.
This is a sweet story that is also educational. Caterpillar’s Surprise takes young readers through the physical changes for Caterpillar and Tadpole, while showing how they create a special friendship along the way.
Emily Krueger’s artwork is so vibrant and so full of emotion that the reader is captivated by the images as much as by the prose. The various shades of brown in young Caterpillar’s body, the deep greens of the lily pads, the glorious yellow as Caterpillar bursts forth from her chrysalis to reveal herself as a butterfly, and the golden lights of the fireflies as they illuminate the night sky, will keep readers turning page after page just as much as their eagerness to see who wins the Blue Ribbon.
A perfect gift for lovers of nature, curious minds, and those who enjoy wonderful stories with lessons hidden inside, is what you’ll find in Caterpillar’s Surprise.
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- Publisher : Black Rose Writing (December 2, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 34 pages
- ISBN-10 : 168433845X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1684338450
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I received a free digital copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.
Thanks so much for this fabulous review, especially for all the great kudos for Emilly Krueger’s illustrations. I couldn’t agree more. Happy Reading to All!
You are so welcome, Janet. The story is marvelous and the illustrations so beautiful. Wishing you the best.