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The Ugly Caterpillar DVD

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When a tiny, yellow egg appears on the scene, three friends, Speckles the spider, Crumbs the cricket, and Annie the ant, aren't sure what to think. But when Katy the caterpillar appears, Speckles and Crumbs think the caterpillar is much too ugly to be their friend.

Only Annie the ant looks past the caterpillar's funny shape and makes friends with Katy. As Katy the caterpillar begins her strange transformation into a beautiful butterfly, Annie is shocked and amazed. This ...

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Overview

When a tiny, yellow egg appears on the scene, three friends, Speckles the spider, Crumbs the cricket, and Annie the ant, aren't sure what to think. But when Katy the caterpillar appears, Speckles and Crumbs think the caterpillar is much too ugly to be their friend.

Only Annie the ant looks past the caterpillar's funny shape and makes friends with Katy. As Katy the caterpillar begins her strange transformation into a beautiful butterfly, Annie is shocked and amazed. This educational and beautifully illustrated story shows the true meaning of beauty and friendship and the pitfalls of judging others by their appearances.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3–4—Katie the Caterpillar is hurt when Speckles the Spider and Crumbs the Cricket call her ugly. Annie the Ant befriends Katie, and all the insects are surprised when Katie becomes a beautiful butterfly. Carl Sommer cleverly uses insect metamorphosis as a jumping off point to show that character is more important than appearance. Sommer reads his story as the cartoon-style illustrations appear on screen. Although the bright colors may attract viewers, children accustomed to lively animation may lose interest. Classical music plays during the narration and, at times, its volume nearly overwhelms the narration. Sommer expands on the book's character-building lessons during live-action discussions with a diverse group of elementary school children. However, these sequences frequently interrupt the story, and might have been more effective had they been inserted more sparingly. Bonus features include "Insights with Carl Sommer," in which he describes his inspirations and recaps the story's key themes, and a song and a video that reinforce these values. This production will be most useful where character-building lessons are an integral part of the curriculum.—Mary Landrum, Lexington Public Library, KY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575378817
  • Publisher: Advance Publishing Incorporated TX
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Series: Another Sommer-Time Adventure Series
  • Format: DVD - NTSC
  • Edition description: DVD
  • Age range: 8 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 5.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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