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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Arabella Miller's Tiny Caterpillar (Picture Book)

Released March 2008

Reviewed by Deb Fowler

Arabella found a little caterpillar one day when she was outside. When you climb trees very often, you’ll find little critters sticking to you when you come down. This one was on her sleeve and she introduced herself to him. She took him inside the house and cuddled up in her chair with her dog at her feet and said to him, “Tiny caterpillar’s safe with Arabella Miller.” She let him wander around a bit and he ended up on her mother and her little brother. Her mother wasn’t all that happy when he crawled on the baby and she asked Arabella to put him away. And she did.

She made him a nice little home. Arabella spent a long time fixing it up. She filled a shoe box with all kinds of things like flowers, leaves and grass. “Tiny caterpillar, stay with Arabella Miller.” He was a spoiled little critter and she gave him all kinds of interesting things to eat like “curly cabbage” and “frizzy parsley.” He grew and shed his skin many times. Finally “he made a shell with him inside–the perfect, cozy place to hide.” She would wonder what he was dreaming in there. Would he ever come out of his little house?

This is the perfect story for the little one who loves nature and the little critters he or she finds out there. The art work is charming, as in most of the Candlewick books I run across. In the back of the book there is a two-page spread on the life cycle of the butterfly from the egg to the butterfly. It is a nice read aloud book for either home or circle time. If you have a little “bug lover” in your life, this book and a bug trap would probably be a much appreciated gift!

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