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Charlie the Caterpillar Paperback – April 1, 1993

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 280L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (April 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671796070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671796075
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
One of the academic publications called the message in this book "trite." That may be true if you are an educated adult, but this is a children's book.
How many of us can remember being ridiculed as children because we weren't the tallest, or the strongest, or the prettiest kid in class, or because Mom and Dad couldn't afford the latest designer sneakers, errr, athletic footwear, for us? This may be an old message, but it is obvious that it is a message kids still need to hear, more than just once. Frankly, I've known plenty of adults who still haven't learned this simple lesson.
"Charlie the Caterpillar" is a wonderful and warm story about the difference between shallow sycophants and true friends. The illustrations are definitely the highlight of the book; Charlie and Katie are downright huggable. Far from being cartoonish, the caterpillars have a real depth to them.
My only regret after reading this book is that no toymaker has seized the opportunity to license the caterpillar design for a plush cuddle toy. Small children would love it.
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Format: Paperback
I checked this book out at our local library, but it will definitely be one we purchase to add to our collection. Yes, there is slang on a lot of pages, and there may be some errors as a reviewer mentioned between cocoons and a chrysalis. However, the book grabbed my son's attention, and he can tell me the important theme of the book. He is only 3, but he knows that it's important to choose your friends by who they are and not what they look like. I'm ok with a few "technical errors" if he will remember this lesson in life. An added bonus - he's loving his book time, and that is priceless.
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Format: Hardcover
One of the joys of teaching preschool is storytime. This book happens to be not only my favorite book but the children's also. Charlie is such an easy character to relate to. It teaches the children what true friendship is all about. Not only do the children learn about friendship, they also learn about how caterpillars become butterflies. The parents enjoy the story also. They especially like the author and are delightfully surprised when I reveal who it is. I would recommend this book to parents and teachers. It would also make an excellent gift!
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By jett on March 21, 2016
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My kids read this book while vacationing for spring break. I was not able to find it locally. This copy was in good condition but more importantly, the story is adorable and my kids were thrilled to have their own version now at home. Great find!
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Of course! We purchased it as a remembrance gift for my granddaughter's 17th birthday. She and her 'bampa' had a standing 'Wednesday at the library' date when she was a little girl and this was one of their favorite books. In good weather they would walk the 4 blocks down the hill to the library. After reading and playing together, a cold drink from the nearby grocery store, he would carry her back home, up the hill for the 4 blocks, with their choice of library books until the next week. Wonderful memories!
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A Kid's Review on December 3, 2002
Format: School & Library Binding
"Charlie the Caterpillar" is a wonderful learning story for childern. Charlie, through encounters with other animals is made to feel inferior, and ugly because he is a caterpillar. After transforming into a beautiful butterfly and meeting another caterpillar he discovers that true friends don't judge you by your appearance.
The illustrations are bright and cheerful.
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Format: Paperback
This is the worst children's book ever written. I read this to my daughter when we visited their doctors office. Over 3/4 of the book centers around other animals telling a poor caterpillar that he's too ugly to play with them. He's left sad and rejected. I wondered what message I was giving to her ... Needless to say, this is one book I won't be adding to our little library.
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Format: Paperback
A cute and simplistic story, but ultimately the take-away seems to be that if you are ugly and rejected (the caterpillar) and then you turn beautiful (the butterfly stage) that you can then turn around and shun the same people who shunned you in return. Plus the caterpillar still looks pretty much the same, with the exception of wings, so that was sort of a puzzler.
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