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The Caterpillar Story: Join John as he…

The Caterpillar Story: Join John as he battles through life on his…

by Mr Nick Meyer

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Nick Meyer's "The Caterpillar Story" is definitely not just "a children's book." It is for everyone! The little caterpillar community depicted in it reflects our own, and we immediately recognize each of the characters we meet there. Their fears and worries, obsessions and quests are our own. We have sympathy for each of the characters as we watch them interact with each other and also see them suffer, endure, learn, and grow.

When I first began this book, I was a bit skeptical because I didn't especially relate to the illustrations at the start of each chapter. But now that I've finished it, I see the illustrations are perfect for it! They are unassuming and a bit comical, perfectly reflecting the spirit of the book, which tackles a very large question with warmth and a lightness that are its charm. It teaches some of the biggest ideas imaginable without hitting the reader over the head! After reading "The Caterpillar Story," I promise you, you will never look at a caterpillar or a butterfly the way you did before!

I recommend this book for everyone, and I think it would make an amazing and wonderful animated feature film, too! ( )
1 vote ladderdaysaint | Feb 22, 2016 |
I do wish I were a child again, so that somebody could read this book to me. But even as an adult I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was charmed by the author's skill to draw a delicate parallel between humans and insects, a parallel that respects the child's mind and is not at all over-moralizing or patronizing (as some children's books tend to be), but humorous, while invoking precious and important life values in a child. I was also taken by the way Mr. Meyer introduced the notion of death - as just a "change", so understandable in caterpillar world and thus carrying its true meaning of life and death without scaring a child. In an uncanny but lighthearted way, the caterpillar characters are very similar to what we meet among people: there is curious and bold John, valiant, honorable, compassionate Charlie (and even he is not without his weaknesses), and manipulating, greedy and cowardly Harry. And last but not least - the book's illustrations are priceless. The story has a peculiar freshness to it and a very comforting as well as engaging tone. ( )
1 vote Clara53 | Jan 11, 2015 |
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