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Sunday 20 June 2021

Review: The Woolly Bear Caterpillar

How much do you know about caterpillars? Can you name some different types?

The Woolly Bear Caterpillar is a wonderful introduction to four particular caterpillars and their flying counterparts.

The woolly bear caterpillar is the star of this story, and she's fluffy-looking and extremely fond of dandelion leaves. When they disappear from the garden where she lives, she embarks on a journey to find them.

As she explores, the woolly bear caterpillar encounters the sycamore caterpillar, vapourer caterpillar, and puss moth caterpillar.

The other caterpillars are proud of their unique features, and chant at woolly bear caterpillar, teasing her about how special they are, and how plain, dull, and boring she is.

It's only after the caterpillars emerge from their cocoons as moths, that they realise the woolly bear caterpillar has become a beautiful, colourful, perfect garden tiger moth.

The Woolly Bear Caterpillar is a brand new story from Julia Donaldson, bestselling author of The Gruffalo. It really is an insect variation of the fairy tale, The Ugly Duckling, and encourages acceptance of everyone.

The illustrations by Yuval Zommer take you into the wild world of the garden and its tiny inhabitants. Just like the beautiful garden tiger moth, the illustrations are vibrant and offer a magnified view of their world.

In case you didn't already have enough reason to read The Woolly Bear Caterpillar, it comes with a small, companion non-fiction book called All About Caterpillars and Moths by wildlife expert, Michael Blencowe. You will learn all about the life cycle of a moth, the different body parts of a caterpillar and a moth, and a raft of facts and figures.

The Woolly Bear Caterpillar is a brilliant combination of enjoyable and educational storytelling. Find a copy and start exploring!

Title: The Woolly Bear Caterpillar
Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Yuval Zommer
Publisher: Macmillian Children's Books, $ 26.99
Publication Date: June 2021
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781529012187
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book