- Grade Level: 1 - 2
- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (February 27, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1534842195
- ISBN-13: 978-1534842199
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #771,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Caterpillar that became Enlightened: The search for never-ending happiness Paperback – Large Print, February 27, 2017
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About the Author
DARRYL D. DIPTEE is an active duty US naval officer who has spent over 20 years collecting wisdom from various parts of the globe. He attributes much of his success to the valuable experiences gained while supporting those in need such as helping Tibetan refugees integrate into society in India and teaching Iraqi children valuable life skills in Baghdad, Iraq. Messy, "unsolvable" problems are his favorite challenges and he applies his worldly knowledge to convert complex challenges into easy-to-digest and inspirational lessons that people can use to achieve fulfilling lives.
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I got this to read to my little niece and she absolutely loves it! She loves Sumi (the main character) and the bright and colorful images really hold her attention. Sumi is so cute, and so are all of the other drawings in this book!
The way the illustrations and the words go together (like when there’s a thought bubble above Sumi’s head showing what she’s thinking) help my niece to follow along in the story and keep her interested in not only the pictures, but also the words.
Speaking of the words, the message of the story is great! I love how it takes on such a deep topic, but is still simple and easy to follow.
It’s a real positive change from the kinds of stories I grew up with as a kid about things like getting rich or magic that makes all of your wishes of a big house and fancy clothes come true.
The Caterpillar that Became Enlightened teaches that your happiness comes from inside you, and not from any outside source, and that sharing love and care is what’s most important. These are wonderful lessons for a child to hearas they are growing up.
It’s so much more than just a “silly kid’s book” like so many kid’s books seem to be. Along with its super cute illustrations, it actually teaches something that your child can use as they grow up in this world; that material things aren’t what’s going to make them happy. If they can understand it for Sumi and her caterpillar friends, maybe they’ll be able to one day understand it for themselves. And what could be better than that?
Just as we are born into existence, we get to know Sumi, who is cute as a button, from the time she hatches out of her shell to embark on the continuum of self discovery. First she wonders: Who am I? Why am I here? Of course she soon meets other little caterpillars and the identity forming process gets underway full-swing. Sumi, however, proves to be exceptional among her peers and she ventures from the familiar grassy forest floor up into the luscious treetops, finding a virtual caterpillar paradise. Again distinguishing herself from her peers, she recognizes her own unfulfillment and dives into the depths of her own heart in the search for true happiness.
The ending is predictable of course, but the real success lies in whether or not we’re brave enough to take the first steps, as Sumi did after she hit her head on the tree trunk.