Charlie the Caterpillar

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As Charlie the Caterpillar meets one group of animals after another playing together and having fun, he asks if he can join in. But each time he's told not welcome — because he's ugly. As winter approaches, Charlie spins himself a cocoon. When spring arrives, the cocoon opens and out comes Charlie — now a beautiful butterfly. Everyone wants him to be part of their group. But Charlie puts these fair-weather friends properly in their place in this heartwarming story about the ...

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Overview

As Charlie the Caterpillar meets one group of animals after another playing together and having fun, he asks if he can join in. But each time he's told not welcome — because he's ugly. As winter approaches, Charlie spins himself a cocoon. When spring arrives, the cocoon opens and out comes Charlie — now a beautiful butterfly. Everyone wants him to be part of their group. But Charlie puts these fair-weather friends properly in their place in this heartwarming story about the meaning of true friendship.

A caterpillar is rejected by various groups of animals, until he achieves his beautiful wings and is able to befriend a similarly unhappy caterpillar.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
In this heartwarming story about the meaning of true friendship, Charlie the caterpillar is rejected by various groups of animals because he is "too ugly." After he spins his cocoon and becomes a beautiful butterfly, all the animals want to play with him. Instead of accepting their invitations, Charlie decides to befriend a sad caterpillar named Katie.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- When Charlie the caterpillar wants to play, the other creatures refuse because they find him ugly. ``Now giddadda here!'' they tell him. Of course, Charlie eventually makes a cocoon, turns into a beautiful butterfly, and finds that the animals who scorned him now want his company. Very predictable stuff, this has little to recommend it. Santoro is a technically proficient illustrator but his cutesy cartoon drawings of Charlie are as trite as can be. No competition for Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar (Putnam, 1981) here. --Ann Stell, The Smithtown Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671796075
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 4/1/1993
  • Series: Aladdin Picture Bks.
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 70,883
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dom De Luise is one of America's best-loved comedians. He appears frequently on TV, and has starred in many popular movies including The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie, Fatso, Smokey and the Bandit II and Cannonball Run I and II.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    The Ugly Duckling revised

    It's the ugly duckling story told from the point of view from a butterfly. It's a cute story that teaches children to accept people for who they are and to ignore those who have negative things to say.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    What a Good Story

    Teaches a lesson. I bought this book to send to my daughter. She teaches in North Carolina.

    I got the book up to her in time for the last day of school. The first graders really enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2007

    Teaches five things

    This book teaches five things. How a caterpillar becomes a butterfly, not to dislike another only because of the way they look, not to like another only because of the way they look, not to be rude to another when they need you because one day you may need them but it could be too late, and when you're good to another they just may become a real friend...a best friend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2000

    Wonderful Childrens Story

    I thoroughly enjoyed this truly wonderful title! I insisted on purchasing this book when I could hardly read anything let alone this, but I practiced and enjoyed the repetetive lines, as well as the pictures and found it to become my favourite childrens book ever! I recommend this book to anyone, as I enjoyed it and still do!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2000

    Wonderful Book!

    This is a beautiful story. My kids usually want a different book to read all the time, but since we received this book I have to read it to them 2 or 3 times a day! :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2000

    a true friend

    This book was very good. It taught me the value of a true, real friend. I now understand that the inside of a person matters more than the outside. Every one should judge people the same way the inside out.

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    Posted May 18, 2010

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