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Clara Caterpillar Paperback – February 17, 2004


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From Publishers Weekly

Pamela Duncan Edwards and Henry Cole, the creators of Some Smug Slug and Four Famished Foxes and Fosdyke, take on metamorphosis with Clara Caterpillar. "Grow up to be courageous and contented, Clara," calls a cream-colored butterfly to the egg she has laid on a cabbage leaf at the story's opening. After "crimson-colored Catisha" scorns Clara for her plain coloring, the heroine's camouflage saves the day.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-Clara is the plain Jane of the caterpillar set, which is fine with her. However, crimson-colored Catisha thinks that Clara is positively dull. When they become butterflies, Clara is cream-colored, perfect for hiding camouflaged in the camellias. Catisha is brilliant red, and a sitting duck for a hungry crow. Predictably, Clara saves Catisha's life, proving that colorless and clever is better than flashy and frivolous. The text is a lesson in alliteration ("'Catisha is conceited,' comforted Cornelius"). The pictures are an interesting combination of realistically rendered backgrounds and insect bodies with faces drawn in the style of Dr. Seuss. An additional purchase.
Holly Belli, Bergen County Cooperative Library System, West Caldwell, NJ
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (February 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064436918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064436915
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "sweetinfidel" on November 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Kammerer on May 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda H. Mclemore on January 22, 2007
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eileen on June 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Paperback
This alliterative story features the sound of hard C. Clara comes out of her egg case a common cabbage caterpillar. Then, cracking out of her cozy chrysalis, Clara is a common cream colored butterfly. She's not colorfully captivating like Catisha, the crimson colored butterfly. But when a crow tries to catch the colorful Catisha, courageous Clara distracts him from capturing her. Cleverly, Clara camouflages in cream camellias to completely confuse the crow. Catisha finally concedes that being cream colored is cool. You may get a bit tongue-tied, but this is a well-developed alliterative story.
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By kcz on January 21, 2011
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My review is summed up by my title, I love this book. My daughters and I had borrowed it from the library and we liked it so much that we looked for it online so that we could purchase it. I love how Ms. Edwards uses so many "c" words to tell the story of Clara the courageous caterpillar. Her books like this are fun to read and help children (and some adults)to enhance their vocabulary.
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By Math Teacher on June 20, 2013
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I bought this book for my soon to be 4 year old son. We just finished learning about a butterfly's life cycle, and I thought this book would be appropriate for our topic. He really liked the book and illustrations. The story has a very important message, i liked the morale of the story. I then bought the same book for my niece.
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