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Children's LiteratureFollow adorable Little Bear's curiosity as he gathers fragrant flowers for the dinner table and finds more than just snapdragons and petunias. While arranging the flowers with plenty of water in a vase, Little Bear finds a caterpillar crawling on his centerpiece. Mother Bear tells him that caterpillars belong in the garden, where Little Bear finds nine more of these colorful creatures. When he goes to check on them later, the only trace they have left is their cocoons. The next week, the cocoons have disappeared, replaced only by beautiful butterflies. The illustrations are charming, and Little Bear is as lovable as a cartoon can be with his long eyelashes and sweet disposition. He also knows his flowers, which many young readers will probably recognize by sight. He picks snapdragons—after making the petals "snap"—petunias, and daisies. But he skips the roses because he does not want to get pricked with their thorns. With pastel images of flowers and delicate butterflies, this story is appropriate for bedtime, and is likely to lull children to peaceful dreams. 2004, Nelvana, Ages 2 to 4.
—Cherie Ilg Haas