I recently bought the book The Caterpillar Who Decided Not To Be A Butterfly on Amazon, after “meeting” the author, Robert Martinez, in a mutual Facebook group. As soon as I heard the title, I was intrigued! It’s a journal-ish style story, chronicling the thoughts of a caterpillar who is approaching his time to turn into a butterfly. As you can probably guess from the title, he’s not so happy about it. I have always been a creature of habit, only allowing change when I had no other option, so I definitely related to it on its premise, alone.
Tonight, I finally got a chance to sit down with two of my sons to read it to them. The first thing they noticed were the unique illustrations. My four-year-old son kept interrupting me to describe each image. He even hugged the book at one point because he wanted to cheer up the caterpillar! 😂 My eight-year-old was enthralled with the caterpillar and butterfly facts sprinkled throughout the story. It was a little longer than the typical stories I read to my youngest son, but even he stayed captivated from beginning to end! Afterward, he took it to his reading nook to “read” it to himself.
Overall, I highly recommend this book, especially for children in the age range of about 4 to 9, who might be anxious about an upcoming change. I love that the font was large and easy to read and had certain words in different styles and colors for emphasis. If you read it, please let me know what you think!
I have to leave the review at this, since my four-year-old is asking me to read it to him again!
Until next time,