4 out of 4 stars
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What Does a Caterpillar do? is a cute children’s book by David McArthur. It has a wonderful theme about the uniqueness of each individual and is a lot of fun to read. Little ones will surely enjoy the way it's set up. Each spread of pages asks the readers if caterpillars have a specific quality. The question is followed by a big ‘No!’ and then readers find out what insect has that quality. The big reveal at the end shows the unique talent of caterpillars.
The illustrations by Lucy Rogers match the text well and are quite appealing, with the exception of the spider. That particular picture may frighten some very young readers. The spider has four eyes and is rubbing its legs together and licking its lips in anticipation of eating the frightened fly trapped in its web. Since the book is aimed at the very young (ages two to six), this might be too much for some little readers. All of the other insect drawings are quite friendly.
I enjoyed the happy nature of the text in this children’s book. The ideas were shared in an age-appropriate way. The illustrations were beautifully colourful and, mostly, quite good-natured. I would have liked the word ‘No!’ to look a little less imposing since it’s used so many times. Visually, the font reminded me a bit more of a reprimand than a smiling chance to learn something new.
This charming story reminded me of the Scholastic book Pelican and Pelican’t by Hans Wilhelm. It explores a similar theme but with animals instead of insects. They are both fun ways to explore the idea that not everyone can do everything and that that's okay. We are each special in our own way.
What Does a Caterpillar do? by David McArthur is a delightful children’s book. I recommend it for children between the ages of two and six. The text is simple and repetitive in a fun and informative way. I noticed no errors in the book. After having only a few thoughts about the illustrations, it is easy to say there was nothing to dislike about this book. I happily give it a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. As a final note, there is a lovely dedication at the beginning that mentions that all profits from this book will go to the Victoria Child Abuse Prevention and Counselling Centre.
What Does A Caterpillar Do
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