Clara Caterpillar


Such a clever caterpillar!

A carefree cabbage caterpillar named Clara, who becomes a common cream-colored butterfly, can't possibly compete with a catty, conceited caterpillar named Catisha, who becomes a captivating crimson-colored butterfly. Or can she?

Ages 3 - 6

By camouflaging herself, Clara Caterpillar, who becomes a cream-colored butterfly, courageously ...

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Such a clever caterpillar!

A carefree cabbage caterpillar named Clara, who becomes a common cream-colored butterfly, can't possibly compete with a catty, conceited caterpillar named Catisha, who becomes a captivating crimson-colored butterfly. Or can she?

Ages 3 - 6

By camouflaging herself, Clara Caterpillar, who becomes a cream-colored butterfly, courageously saves Catisha the crimson-colored butterfly from a hungry crow.

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Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
“Children will enjoy the well-told story and Cole’s large-scale, child-friendly artwork.”
Publishers Weekly
The creators of Some Smug Slug here take on metamorphosis. After crimson-colored Catisha scorns Clara for her plain coloring, the heroine's camouflage saves the day. Ages 3-6. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Clara's tale is not only filled with enough challenging alliteration to fill an audience with the giggles; it also includes a clear picture of the progression of Clara and her friends Catisha and Cornelius from caterpillars through chrysalises to butterflies. Brave Clara saves Catisha from a cawing crow. Cornelius and Catisha will cling close to Clara, who is not only capable and courageous, but also cream-colored, cute and completely contented. Cole's concept of Clara includes curvy eyelashes and, as depicted on the front endpapers, a cavernous capacity for cabbage leaves. The double pages bring us up close to these charming characters and their plant environment so that we may admire their natural patterns. Their faces are out of Dr. Seuss, but their wings come from Mother Nature. Don't miss the stunning back endpapers, a real contrast to those in front. 2001, HarperCollins, $15.95 and $15.89. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Clara is the plain Jane of the caterpillar set, which is fine with her. However, crimson-colored Catisha thinks that Clara is positively dull. When they become butterflies, Clara is cream-colored, perfect for hiding camouflaged in the camellias. Catisha is brilliant red, and a sitting duck for a hungry crow. Predictably, Clara saves Catisha's life, proving that colorless and clever is better than flashy and frivolous. The text is a lesson in alliteration ("`Catisha is conceited,' comforted Cornelius"). The pictures are an interesting combination of realistically rendered backgrounds and insect bodies with faces drawn in the style of Dr. Seuss. An additional purchase.-Holly Belli, Bergen County Cooperative Library System, West Caldwell, NJ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Fans of Four Famished Foxes and Fosdyke (1995) and Some Swell Slug (1996) will have fun with this freshly minted fable. Clara is comfortable staying inside her chrysalis, even though Cornelius and a crowd of caterpillars cluster around curious as to why she's so cautious. Both as caterpillar, and later as a magnificent scarlet butterfly, cruel (and catty) Catisha sneers at drab, cream-colored Clara—until a crow swoops down for a snack. With a distracting flutter, Clara flies to the rescue, camouflaging herself in a camellia until the confused crow decamps. Hailed a hero by Catisha and the other butterflies, Clara declares herself "completely contented." In close up color cartoons, Cole follows this courageous cabbage butterfly from egg case to chrysalis ("crushed," "creased," "crumpled," "cranky," and "cramped") then on to adulthood, never straying far from a "c." It's an alliterative adventure that may be set in a garden, but is anything but garden-variety. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064436915
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/17/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 231,950
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Duncan Edwards is the author of numerous popular picture books, including Livingstone Mouse; Roar! A Noisy Counting Book; Some Smug Slug; The Worrywarts; Clara Caterpillar; Wake-Up Kisses; Rosie's Roses; The Leprechaun's Gold; and Gigi and Lulu's Gigantic Fight, all illustrated by Henry Cole; as well as Dear Tooth Fairy, illustrated by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick; McGillycuddy Could!, illustrated by Sue Porter; and The Neat Line, illustrated by Diana Cain Bluthenthal. She lives in Virginia.

Henry Cole is the celebrated illustrator of many books for children, including the Bad Boys series by Margie Palatini, and is also the author and illustrator of the novel A Nest for Celeste.

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