Caterpillar, Caterpillar (Read, Listen, and Wonder Series)

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"The text does an excellent job of describing the metamorphosis of a swallowtail butterfly, and the closeup, vibrant drawings of each developmental stage are outstanding." — School Library Journal

Watch with a girl and her grandfather as a caterpillar hatches, sheds its skin, grows bigger and bigger, and emerges from its pupa transformed ...

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Overview

"The text does an excellent job of describing the metamorphosis of a swallowtail butterfly, and the closeup, vibrant drawings of each developmental stage are outstanding." — School Library Journal

Watch with a girl and her grandfather as a caterpillar hatches, sheds its skin, grows bigger and bigger, and emerges from its pupa transformed into a beautiful butterfly.

Each paperback title in the series includes a CD that features:
* an engaging read-aloud with sound effects
* a segment focusing on fascinating facts
* a read-along opportunity guided by prompts

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed.
Nicely put together for any reader and with an accompanying CD, this study of caterpillars is launched with a splendid story and many facts. A grandfather takes his granddaughter on a fascinating walk through nature to help her discover what happens in the life of this small creature. How does the intentional planting of stinging nettles provide just the right habitat for an assortment of caterpillars? Do they really transform into beautiful butterflies? The girl's father routinely got rid of those obnoxious weeds, but her grandfather lavishes care upon them. Even as tiny eggs hatch into many caterpillars, her grandfather warns, "Don't touch them." Some can cause a skin rash and others leave a horrible smell, but more important, one can hurt them. Not willing to harm them or destroy their progress, the girl continues to monitor amazing changes. She is intrigued while watching from a safe distance for quite some time. Caterpillars devour the leaves around them. Soon they change skins before seeming to disappear. The curious young girl asks questions, ponders everything, and intently examines leaves day by day. Almost every page combines appropriate insights and clarifying material in separate lines of smaller text along with the granddaughter's inquisitiveness. Simple ink-and-watercolor illustrations invite readers to pause along the way to observe details more closely. What will happen next? Pea sticks close to a nearby shed provide answers as her grandfather continues to instruct his novice gardener. One day she sees the caterpillar in a sort of little soft brown bag just hanging there. Grandfather tells her it is called a pupa or chrysalis. He allows her to bring the stick inside and for ten days, during which nothing happens. Then, "Look!" grandfather declares. Something crumpled and damp and dreary comes crawling out. As soon as he puts the stick in the sunshine on the kitchen windowsill, it begins to spread its wings and stretch out. The creature looks very colorful. It has become a truly lovely butterfly and flies off into the garden with the others. This "Read, Listen, and Wonder" book offers an audio version of the story narrated by Alan Marriott, best known for his voices on the Bob the Builder television series. Also provided on the CD are a read-along version and a factual section, All About Caterpillars. Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763640026
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/9/2010
  • Series: Read, Listen, and Wonder Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.64 (w) x 10.56 (h) x 0.21 (d)

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