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The Giving Meadow Paperback – May 11, 2010
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The life cycle of any aspect of nature written for children can be and usually is a great learning experience for them. Stephanie Burkhart's book, The Giving Meadow is no exception.
When an egg lands in a meadow, the creature that emerges goes through the life cycle of a caterpillar until he wraps himself in a cocoon.
When he was a growing caterpillar, he met and was helped by several very diverse residents of the meadow, a frog, a ladybug, a bee, and a snake.
The lessons depicted in this lovely, brightly illustrated book include, but are not limited to, sharing, friendship, acceptance, understanding and generosity. The friends that the caterpillar makes on his journey to adulthood generously share their bounty with him that he accepts graciously because he knows they understand that he needs their help as he travels on his journey to complete his life cycle.
"The snake told the bee.
The bee told the ladybug.
The ladybug told the frog.
All the caterpillar's friends waited."
The wait was not in vain. The sight that greeted them was a beautiful creature. You must read this book to learn about this amazing metamorphosis.
Children from 4-8, and even some a little younger and a little older, will want to read this book over and over. Younger non-readers will soon begin to anticipate the story and help tell it. You will enjoy reading it to them and watch in excitement as they discover something new in the story or in the illustrations. Older readers will want to re-read and pour over the pictures as they discover more exciting things.
Stephanie Burkhart, originally from New Hampshire, now lives in California with her husband, Brent and her two sons, Andrew and Joseph. She began writing homemade comic books at five years old and hasn't looked back, as she now writes short stories and novels. This is her first children's book.
This is a lovely story of friendship, sharing, and thinking of others. It also shows young readers the stages of metamorphosis of the butterfly. With the caterpillar's happy smile, the bee's long lashes, the blue-eyed snake with the forked tongue, and all the other little critters that help the caterpillar find food, Stephen Macquignon's colorful illustrations capture the spirit of the story, the giving and sharing of the animals that live in the meadow.
The Giving Meadow is a nice book to add to a child's library. Early childhood and kindergarten teachers could use this book in their classes as a fun read to teach children about the small creatures in their world. I recommend this book for little ones ages 4-8, for animal lovers, even the crawly kind, and for everyone who enjoys nature and a gentle read at bedtime. Don't be surprised, Mom and Dad, if you find yourself in the backyard with your children, searching for caterpillars so you can watch them grow and change into a lovely butterfly.
Beverly Stowe McClure, author of Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines
Stephanie Burkhart weaves a gentle tale of a baby caterpillar's journey from egg, to growing caterpillar, to cocoon, to lovely butterfly. Along the way, this little caterpillar makes lasting friends with a frog, a ladybug, a bee, and even a snake! The baby caterpillar is very hungry, and happens upon these new friends as they gather their own food. Each of these new friends overcome their first response of wanting to keep their food for their selves, and then decide that they can share with the little caterpillar, finding that they are happy to do so. Because of this unselfish generosity, the little caterpillar grows strong, and then transforms into a beautiful butterfly while all his friends watch in awe.
The Giving Meadow is a charming story about friendship, generosity, kindness, and support when changes occur which are out of our control.