Katy is a really cute duck and, what appears to be the first in a new board book series, is a charmer. Katy loves to dance and her dancing, like that of most young kids, is solo. She pirouettes, leaps, and stretches out her arms and legs. It is fun to dance anytime she feels the urge and in any weather. Even a big snow suit and galoshes do not deter Katy. Mrs. Duck decides that Katy, with all of her exuberance and love of dancing, is a natural for Mr. Tutu's School of Dance. Oh my, going to a class and performing with other students is not something Katy seems ready to handle. Mr. Tutu has certainly had experience with shy students and he cleverly gets Katy involved and dancing, just like she always has done. Katy's body language and expressions as well as those of the other animals who populate the pages are really amusing, and kids will quickly understand and relate to Katy Duck. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Katy Duck Is a Caterpillarby Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Henry Cole
Its time for Katy Duck’s spring dance recital and as usual Katy is looking forward to taking the stage by storm. But she’s not cast not as a daffodil or the bright sun or even a fluffy cloud. Katy is cast as a caterpillar. A wiggling, crawling caterpillar. As usual Katy has to learn to manage disappointment and as only Katy can do turn a small part into… See more details below
Its time for Katy Duck’s spring dance recital and as usual Katy is looking forward to taking the stage by storm. But she’s not cast not as a daffodil or the bright sun or even a fluffy cloud. Katy is cast as a caterpillar. A wiggling, crawling caterpillar. As usual Katy has to learn to manage disappointment and as only Katy can do turn a small part into the starring role as she realizes that caterpillars always emerge as beautiful butterflies.
This lovely springtime story is a lovely tale of making everything your own and making every part count, no matter how small. It will be truly appreciated by preschoolers and ballerinas cast as caterpillars everywhere.
Katy Duck and the other students at Mr. Tutu's School of Dance are abuzz with excitement over their upcoming spring recital. Katy hopes to dance the part of a flower, swan, ladybug, tree, cloud, or another beautiful sign of spring, and is devastated to learn that she is to be a caterpillar. While the other dancers practice their graceful steps, Katy dutifully wiggles and inches across the floor. But when the show begins, she remembers the most important thing about caterpillars. She crawls onto the stage, spins, curls up into a ball, and lies still. Then, after the audience quiets down to watch her, she bursts forth as a beautiful butterfly and flutters proudly across the stage. Cole's illustrations aptly convey Katy's expressions of joy and disappointment, as well as her exuberant energy. Pair this with one of Katharine Holabird's "Angelina Ballerina" stories (Viking) for a ballerina-themed storytime.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
Meet the Author
Alyssa Satin Capucilli is the award-winning creator and author of the Katy Duck and Biscuit series. A dancer as well as a writer, she lives with her family in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
Henry Cole has written and illustrated more than fifty books for children, including Big Bug, And Tango Makes Three, Oink?, and Little Bo in France. A former elementary school teacher, he now writes and paints full time.
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