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5.0 out of 5 stars A counting book and so much more, 13 Oct 2011
This review is from: Ten Little Caterpillars (Hardcover)
Ten Little Caterpillars is a stunning achievement by two picture book giants. Ehlert's trademark collage/cut paper illustrations are as vibrant and as beautiful as I've ever seen them. Her simple renderings of each caterpillar and the delicately nuanced colors of leaves, birds,flowers and fish are just wonderful.

The text counts each caterpillar from one to ten, in rhyming couplets that have a fantastic read aloud flow, marking this as a great choice for story time. On each page, the illustrations are marked with words describing the pictures (sea bass, winter squash, milkweed plant). This lends an entirely new dimension to a book that is much more than a rhyming counting book, but also a unique introduction to the natural world. Of course at the end, our tenth caterpillar "hung there patiently" (in a carefully marked tiger swallowtail chrysalis) "until by and by, the tenth little caterpillar became a butterfly".

Following the story itself, we see a big bold line of numbers along with illustrations and pictures of each caterpillar, what they like to eat, and the butterfly or moth they turn into. What a great investment this book will be for any young person's library, or for any story leader or teacher introducing a unit on butterflies. This is certainly a counting book that packs in a lot of extras and is a big recommend.
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Ten Little Caterpillars by Jr Bill Martin (Hardcover - 30 Aug 2011)
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