“The first little caterpillar crawled into a bower. The second little caterpillar wriggled up a flower.”

A book written by Bill Martin, Jr. and illustrated by Lois Ehlert?!? How could you go wrong? Ten Little Caterpillars introduces one of nature’s most beautiful transformations to little ones in an engaging manner.

The rhyming text teaches counting. The illustrations have labels with the names of caterpillars, plants and animals. In the back, there is a guide linking individual caterpillars to the types of butterflies or moths that will exist after the process of metamorphosis.

I found a great YouTube video called “Caterpillar to Butterfly” that uses time-lapse photography to show the process of metamorphosis. The six-minute video is hosted by two young boys.

If you’d like to do a caterpillar craft, you can find one at Little Family Fun.

Themes: caterpillars, nature, counting, butterflies

Title: Ten Little Caterpillars
Author: Bill Martin Jr
Illustrator: Lois Ehlert
Reading level: Ages 2 and up
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Beach Lane Books (August 30, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 144243385X
ISBN-13: 978-1442433854

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