When I see a book by the talented author-illustrator Ross Burach, I know it's going to be hilarious. His latest, The Very Impatient Caterpillar, is no exception. This book drew me in and made me chuckle from the first lines of dialogue between two caterpillars: "Hey, what are you guys doing?" "We're going to metamorphosize."
This charming book cleverly takes a topic that every preschooler studies - the stages of a butterfly - and marries it with an emotion that every child feels: impatience. The bold, colorful illustrations are delightful and the text is hilarious. Any kid who's every said "Are we there yet?" will crack up at lines like "Am I a butterfly yet?"
The premise of this book is that the main character, the very impatient caterpillar, isn't aware that he can transform into a butterfly and doesn't know how the process works. So, the caterpillar essentially learns about metamorphosis (and the value of patience) along with the reader.
I'd highly recommend this book for kids ages 4 to 8 and for teachers and parents looking for a fun way to cover the (seemingly unrelated) topics of impatience and butterflies.
Education.con contains a comprehensive plan for teaching the butterfly lifecycle.
This article from First Cry Parenting has some suggestions for parents on how to teach patience to young children.
About the Book
The Very Impatient Caterpillar
Russ Burach - Author/illustrator
For ages 4 to 8
For more reviews of Perfect Picture Books, please see author Susanna Hill's website.