Ten Little Caterpillars

Book review by
Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Vibrant counting book doubles as a field guide.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

In addition to simply explaining a caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a butterfly, the book offers a glimpse of a caterpillar’s physical world. The end pages identify each of the 10 caterpillars, what they like to eat, and what they look like as butterflies and moths. Flora and fauna throughout the book are helpfully labeled.

Positive Messages

Out of 10 caterpillars, we see only one find a safe and secure place to successfully transform into a butterfly.

Positive Role Models & Representations
Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this colorful counting book offers a lot to dig into, and can even serve as a simple field guide for kids eager to explore.  A few caterpillars appear poised to become snacks, but no caterpillars come to obvious harm.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byTeach and Inspire May 7, 2012

Teacher says "YES!"

This is a fun way to learn about counting and about the cycle of catapillars. Ehlert, as always, has a way with her art work that makes a story POP! This is a g... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byIdiots all over... September 27, 2020


Cool cool cool this book is better then grown up stupid book that nobody likes but it's still cool

What's the story?

Ten little caterpillars are introduced, one by one, as they search for good places to form their chrysalides. Some do well, wriggling among melons and flowers, but others are less lucky, running into a hungry wren or splashing into the sea. The 10th caterpillar makes his way into a fruit-laden apple tree, waits through the winter in his chrysalis, and emerges among the spring flowers as a tiger swallowtail.

Is it any good?

TEN LITTLE CATERPILLARS invites comparisons to Eric Carle’s classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar, with munching critters and painted collage artwork. But this title holds its own on the same shelf, taking kids a little deeper into the tiny world of caterpillars. Illustrator Lois Ehlert, who also teamed up with the late Bill Martin Jr. for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, beautifully depicts the plants where caterpillars are drawn to food -- and the creatures they might encounter along the way.

Large pages, bold pictures, and oversize print make it a great choice for reading aloud to a group. Unobtrusive labels identify plants, animals, butterfly eggs, and more. And the final pages identify each of the caterpillars, their favorite foods, and how they appear as butterflies -- an invitation to go explore the world of caterpillars right outside your door.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different caterpillars and how they transform. In what ways do the butterflies and moths resemble their caterpillar forms? How are they different?

  • Look closely at the caterpillars and chrysalides. Talk about camouflage and coloring, and how the caterpillars’ appearance may help them in their preferred environments.

  • Take the book outside and see if you can identify eggs, chrysalides, caterpillars, or moths and butterflies.

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