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The Very Loving Caterpillar by Sean Browne

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Genre: Children/Environment
Number of Pages: 28
Publication Date: March 17, 2017
Rating: 4-star-review out of 5
Themes: Love, Community, Environment, Climate Change

downloadIn a community of caterpillars, there is one who is referred to as The Very Loving Caterpillar. Once in harmony, the caterpillars find themselves at ends with each other due to the weather changing and becoming colder. It is up to The Very Loving Caterpillar to save his friends and family.


This children’s picture book is a cute addition to everyone’s home. It demonstrates the love one caterpillar has for everyone and the desire to help everyone. Also, it shows how the environment can affect living creatures in nature.

When looking at the illustrations and writing, they were done well. Colorful, inviting, and simple all describe the illustrations and are ones that I’m sure would grab many children’s attention. The writing is simple, concise, and is clear, which again would be inviting to any youngster.

The only two points that I find could be improved concerns the plot. Firstly, the stages of metamorphosis are not depicted fully. In the book, it shows the process as instant instead of the several days it actually takes. Also, even though, in the pictures you can see the chrysalis of the other caterpillars, the main portion of the picture shows that The Very Loving Caterpillar is flapping his/her wings and all of a sudden everyone else is in a chrysalis and are butterflies. I can easily see children thinking that magic is involved when caterpillars become butterflies.

Also, as a preference, it would have been nice if the main character, The Very Loving Caterpillar, had a name. I feel it would add to the story and make it more personal for children.

Overall, this was a cute, short read that I’m sure many children will enjoy.

Yes. To preschool-aged children who enjoy reading stories about nature.

4 thoughts on “The Very Loving Caterpillar by Sean Browne

    1. It was a super cute story! I can see that – real-life caterpillars are kind of creepy looking. The ones in this story are luckily much more pleasing to look at. 🙂

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  1. Hahaha! I’m not a big bug person either. I don’t think I’ve found a bug that I would label as “cute”. Even butterflies, up close, have a pretty creepy face, lol. But, you’re right, fictional ones are a different story. 🙂


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