Price: $17.99 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.
The Giving Meadow, by Stephanie Burkhart, is a gorgeously illustrated, charming story about a caterpillar’s first days before turning into a butterfly. This story not only teaches children about the fact that caterpillars become butterflies, but it also shows how helping another can bring joy. Because of the generosity of the frog, the ladybug, the bee, and the snake, the caterpillar grows stronger and bigger everyday. All of these creatures in the meadow help this young caterpillar on his journey to becoming a beautiful butterfly. A sweet, simple story about giving and evolving. A great read for anyone who has children, grandchildren, or for people who teach children.
The Giving Meadow is a friendly story that tells of a new little caterpillar, freshly emerged from his egg, hungry and hunting for something to eat. He makes his way across a meadow, looking for something to eat each day since he is growing rapidly and getting hungrier and hungrier. As he inches along, the caterpillar encounters several different creatures and requests something to eat each time. None of them has much food but all have a generous spirit. He fills his tummy and makes new friends until one day he disappears into a cocoon.
Children will be drawn into the suspense and the surprise along with the caterpillar's friends, waiting to see what happens to him as they enjoy the bright and colorful illustrations along the way.
Often children are fascinated by insects, especially ones like this little fellow who has such a transforming experience! This is a good book for helping young children learn about how caterpillars change as well as a gentle lesson about sharing and caring.
The Giving Meadow, by Stephanie Burkhart, received the highest compliment that a children's author can receive when, after reading this story to my four year old granddaughter, she immediately said. "Again." 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.
Follow a caterpillar on his journey across a grassy, flower-filled field in this sweet story of sharing and friendship. Children will relate to the caterpillar's simple feelings of hunger and thirst, sleepiness, and his excitement about growing bigger. The caterpillar's insect and animal friends demonstrate positive character traits of mercy, compassion and caring.
The Giving Meadow is perfect for the innocent years of early childhood. Toddlers and preschoolers will love to snuggle up before nap or at bedtime to hear this soothing story read to them. The adorable, brightly-colored illustrations will charm readers of all ages.
What a delightful story about the changing of a caterpillar into a butterfly with a subtle theme of "sharing with others is good for us all." I loved it & highly recommend giving it to a small child of your acquaintance. The illustrations are gorgeous.
ANOTHER ADORABLE CHILDREN'S BOOK BY STEPHANIE BURKART. PICTURES RUN RIGHT ALONG WITH THE WORDS., AND THE PICTURES ARE ADORABLE. . EASY TO FOLLOW STORY. MARVELOUS FOR KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADERS. I EVEN ENJOYED IT... :-)
JACLYN V. DIBONA AUTHOR THE RING THE WHIMS OF FATE AUTUMN LOVE IN JUNE
This is a delightful story that follows the life of a very hungry caterpillar from the moment he hatches from his tiny egg in a beautiful meadow. He travels through the meadow and meets many helpful friends along the way.
This heartwarming tale teaches life lessons of friendship, selflessness and sharing, caring, and kindness. Ms. Burkhart's charming tale is one little ones will want to hear over and over again and they will be enchanted by the adorable illustrations from the talented illustrator, Stephen Macquignon.