A fresh, funny story about a feisty caterpillar who breaks through his limitations -- and realizes his fondest dream, by a New York Times bestselling author.
When Oscar the caterpillar discovers that he will one day become a butterfly, he's overjoyed. And his friend Edna the bookworm encourages his hopes of flying to Mexico with the other Monarch butterflies. To prepare, Oscar learns Spanish and dreams of flying through the purple Sierra Madre Mountains. But when Oscar emerges from his cocoon with stubby little wings, a craving for the taste of desginer sweaters -- and the urge to take a spin around the bathroom lightbulb-- his dreams are dashed. There will be no trip to Mexico for Oscar -- or will there?
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PETER ELWELL has been an actor, musician, Emmy Award-nominated animation writer, comedy writer, and,
as an illustrator, a regular contributor to National Lampoon and the New York Times Book Review. He has
illustrated several children's books, including his New York Times bestseller My Mother Is Mine by Marion
Dane Bauer. Mr. Elwell lives in New York City.
Kindergarten-Grade 2—When Oscar the caterpillar meets Bob the monarch butterfly, the little green guy is awed by Bob's beautiful wings. Bob assures him that he will have wings of his own someday, then flies off to a monarch habitat in Mexico. Sure enough, Oscar grows a cocoon and emerges with wings. However, he is dismayed to discover that he has become a dull gray moth instead of a brilliant butterfly. With some encouragement from his friend Edna the bookworm, he pursues his dream of joining the butterflies south of the border. This charming story about loving oneself and pursuing one's dreams sends an important message to children without being preachy or pedantic. The bright colors and cartoon-style illustrations enhance its ebullient, optimistic tone while giving the book strong appeal for children. The introduction of some basic Spanish vocabulary is an added bonus.—Mary Landrum, Lexington Public Library, KY
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