“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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Author: Nessa

Librarian for people with visual and physical impairments, and mother of two sharp-witted alien children.

13 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book: TEN LITTLE CATERPILLARS”

    1. So cool that your sister is doing that. I’ve always wanted to, but never have gotten around to it. I always spend a lot of time at the butterfly room in our zoo. Maybe I’ll have to ask some of the zoo staff about how to do it at home. Glad you liked the video. I thought it was great.

  1. This would be a wonderful companion book to the hungry caterpillar as well. It’s the first time that I’m seeing this book, so thank you for sharing. The cover looks really cute.

    1. So funny. I never even thought about The Very Hungry Caterpillar when I was reading this book. You’re right. It would be an absolutely perfect companion book.

    1. Raising butterflies with the Butterfly Pavilion was an exrepience that my kids and I will never forget. I’m a single parent trying to raise two young kids on my own. I’m busy and don’t have much time to take them outside to exrepience nature. I wanted to give them something that would nurture their respect of nature. Boy did I pick the right item. We mailed our free certificate and about 10 days later, we received our caterpillars. Within about 7 days, they changed into chrysalides. We waited about a week, then suddenly, the butterflies started hatching. In fact, we got to see 4 of them come out within about 30 minutes of each other. It was the most fantastic exrepience. We kept the butterflies inside the netted habitat for about 5 days, then released them outside. My little 4-year-old girl cried as she had to free her butterfries , but understood why it was important to do so. We’ll never forget this exrepience and highly recommend the Butterfly Pavilion to everyone.

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