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Clara Caterpillar [Hardcover]

Pamela Duncan Edwards , Henry Cole

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May 2001

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

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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“A freshly minted fable…alliterative adventure that may be set in a garden, but is anything but garden-variety.” (Kirkus Review)

“An interesting combination of realistically rendered backgrounds and insect bodies with faces drawn in the style of Dr. Seuss.” (School Library Journal)

“Children will enjoy the well-told story and Cole’s large-scale, child-friendly artwork.” (ALA Booklist) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  17 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My kids and I loved Clara Caterpillar! 24 Nov 2001
By "sweetinfidel" - Published on Amazon.com
This is story about hidden talents, not judging someone by their appearance etc. and it is very clever. I especially liked the fact that the hero in this story is female. I bought this story for my son's 5th birthday, but my 8 year old daughter simply adored this book. After I read it aloud to him a couple of times I saw her pick it up and read it to herself again and then to him when he asked her to. (She is not normally gung-ho for reading)Great story. Fantastic pictures.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clara Caterpillar 22 Jan 2007
By Linda H. Mclemore - Published on Amazon.com
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I was searching for children's books with my new granddaughters name, Clara, and when I came across this book I liked the story. The moral of the story is "Clara is so capable and courageous" and "And I'm a completely contented butterfuly" said Clara, and I hope that my granddaughter Clara will grow up capable, courageous and content.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindergartners loved this story 29 May 2009
By J. D. Kammerer - Published on Amazon.com
I read this to my Kindergarten class as an introduction to our Butterfly integrated thematic unit. The story is great, with a lesson that you cannot judge someone by their appearances, and the kids understood this. They even refered to this story several times, especially when some snooty character was presented in a story, the kids would say "He/She is just like Catisha!" Catisha is the conceited caterpillar in this story. I reread the story at the end of our unit, and asked the students what parts of the story were true about caterpillars/butterflies. They noticed the life cycle of the butterfly was correct in this story, as was the camouflage scene.
I enjoyed this book myself, I must confess!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clara Caterpillar 10 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Clara Caterpillar is a fabulous book for many reasons!! My kids enjoyed hearing the tongue tripping tale and love reading it aloud themselves. The alliterative style is quite ear catching. The illustrations are vibrant and colorful. The pictures draw you into the garden until you feel like another bug.
This book is perfect to use with students. I used this to teach caterpillar metamorphosis. It will also be read frequently to illustrate accepting and admiring the unique qualities of individuals. No classroom library would be complete without this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 14 Jun 2001
By Eileen - Published on Amazon.com
Absolutely delightful! Beautiful illustrations accompany the alliterative text that tells the tale of a cream colored butterfly who pales in comparison to her spectacular butterfly friends. But when Clara's relatively plain appearance helps her to save another butterfly, the other butterflies recognize her true value. An outstanding read aloud.
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