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Clara is a cute cabbage Caterpillar. But to Catisha, who is catty and crimson, Clara is only a common caterpillar with no hope of becoming a colorful butterfly. Sure enough, Clara comes out cream colored. And during an encounter with a hungry crow, Clara proves that being colorful and conspicuous doesn't compare with being common, content, and courageous.
Pamela Duncan Edwards and Henry Cole's comic and compelling alliterative collaboration is captivating!
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Pamela Duncan Edwards is the author of numerous popular picture books, including Livingstone Mouse; Roar! A Noisy Counting Book; Some Smug Slug; The Worrywarts; Clara Caterpillar; Wake-Up Kisses; Rosie's Roses; The Leprechaun's Gold; and Gigi and Lulu's Gigantic Fight, all illustrated by Henry Cole; as well as Dear Tooth Fairy, illustrated by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick; McGillycuddy Could!, illustrated by Sue Porter; and The Neat Line, illustrated by Diana Cain Bluthenthal. She lives in Virginia.
Henry Cole is the illustrator of many beloved books for children, including his own Jack’s Garden, On Meadowview Street, and A Nest for Celeste. Brambleheart was inspired by the heap of discarded treasures in the woods behind his childhood farm. You can visit Henry online at www.henrycole.net.From Booklist:
Ages 4-6. Clara's story begins when her mother lays her egg and flies off calling, "Grow up to be courageous and contented, Clara." And so she does, though it's not always easy. From the day she hatches, Clara is accompanied by a host of other caterpillars, including the disdainful Catisha, who knows that someday she'll turn into a beautiful crimson butterfly. When she does, she attracts the eye of a hungry crow and is almost eaten. Clara, now a humble cabbage butterfly, diverts the crow's attention and then hides, camouflaged among the camellias. Children will enjoy the well-told, if predictable story and Cole's large-scale, child-friendly artwork. Teachers will probably be even more enthusiastic, since this provides a solid story for a butterfly unit as well as a celebration of the letter C (just as Edwards and Cole's 1999 book Worrywarts provided plenty of practice with W). Teachers needing a book for C week will enjoy reading aloud such alliterative passages as, "'That's curious,' complained the crestfallen crow." Carolyn Phelan
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