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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  842 ratings  ·  128 reviews
Ten little caterpillars are out and about in our big, wide world--come join them! You never know what you might find. . . . A butterfly, perhaps?

Readers of all ages have celebrated the work of Bill Martin Jr and Lois Ehlert ever since their first collaboration on Chicka Chicka Boom Boom more than twenty-five years ago. Now these two picture-book geniuses are together agai
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ebook, 40 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Beach Lane Books
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Lisa
I think Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is fabulous. I think Ten Little Caterpillars is good. The illustrations are beautiful. 3 stars for the text - there's nothing wrong with it and I would happily read it to a child, but it seemed a little blah and didn't stick with me at all. But it gets an extra star for the depiction of different kinds of caterpillars and the butterflies they turn into - I loved the last spread showing the caterpillar-butterfly pairs with information about which plants (pictured i ...more
David
Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Lois Ehlert, is another winning collaboration, focusing on caterpillars, counting, and nature.

In this caterpillar counting book, we meet the ten caterpillars. Told in rhyme, the caterpillars are shown in various habitats. On the final pages the caterpillars are shown, with information on what they eat, with a picture of each as a butterfly.

The simple rhyming text introduces each caterpillar from first to tenth.
Labels in small print nam
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Ardea Smith
Title / Author / Publication Date: Ten Little Caterpillars/Bill Martin Jr./2011

Genre: Fiction, Rhyming Story, Picture Book

Format: Hardcover

Plot summary: Illustrations and rhyming text follow ten caterpillars as one wriggles up a flower stem, another sails across a garden pool, and one reaches an apple leaf, where something amazing happens.

Considerations or precautions for readers advisory: A great book to teach children about different caterpillar species.

Review citation: Walkins, L. L. (2011).
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Colby Sharp
Kids will love this book. Who doesn't love a good book about caterpillars? I am a big fan of books that told in story form, but have lots of nonfiction laced in. On each page of this book you have a caterpillar in a beautiful setting. On each page lots of things have labels telling the kids what they are: other insects, fruit, plants. The end of the book is my favorite. The caterpillars are shown as caterpillars, underneath it says what they eat, and underneath that is a picture of what that par ...more
Virginia
My kids love finding and counting the caterpillars. Plus, they enjoy looking at them all at the end of the book where they show both the caterpillar and then the butterfly it becomes. Very informative!
Emma (Miss Print)
cute and fun but caterpillars are still gross
Diana
This is (of course) a gorgeously illustrated, more-detailed-than-necessary narrative by a super team of beloved writers. I knew before even reading it that I would be impressed by the information provided and the quality of the book.

However, I was a bit confused by the end. Do some of the caterpillars get eaten or killed? More than one of them end up in perilous situations without any real resolve. Obviously a children's book doesn't need to have an elaborate plot, but I was still left wonderin
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Michelle
It is my feeling that The Ten Little Caterpillars is less of a counting book and more of a first informational book for older preschoolers or kindergartners. The numeration here is not straightforward, using the less obvious form of “first, second, third” rather than simple one, two, three wording of other counting books, which younger audiences would find confusing. Lois Ehlert’s illustrations are always visually dynamic, especially when set against the stark white backgrounds associated with h ...more
Cj Lee
The Ten Little Caterpillars is a great book to read to young children. The book gives examples of the different types of caterpillars and what they do on each page. This book uses ordinal number to teach the children the sequence of what number comes next. There is also rhyming and rich vocabularies such as wriggled, scaled, bower, and wren. The illustration is also wonderful where there are text next to the illustrations which is not included in the story. Besides reading the story, the teacher ...more
Dolly
Apr 24, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their younger children
I saw the cover of this book and I immediately thought of Eric Carle. I was only slightly surprised to see Bill Martin Jr., instead, as I know that he and Mr. Carle collaborated on a few stories. I was a bit surprised to see Lois Ehlert as the illustrator, but then I realized that her style of illustrating fit right into the mix just fine. And as the book description reminds me, they collaborated on the classic tale Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, too.

This is a fairly typical counting book for young c
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Dawn
Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr. is a great picture book for young readers aged four to eight but can be enjoyed by all ages. This book is so bright and bold you feel like you are jumping right into the experience as you follow ten little caterpillars and are introduced to various insects, animals and foliage along the way. The book concludes with identifying each of the ten caterpillars, what they feed on and shows colorful illustrations of what they transform into, be it moth or butt ...more
현순 최
This book is very useful to learn about lots of flowers' names, insects, vegetables, bird, fish.. Especially the changes of caterpillar. Last page we can learn about the course of changing from caterpillar to butterfly. In addition to, the pictures of this book is very vivid and specific. We can figure out its shape detaily and also concept of the number. It describes about a variety of caterpillars by dates. Children can learn "first, second, third,,, tenth.
Kelly
My preschool students have been studying the butterfly life cycle for several months. Early in their work, this was a hugely valuable resources to help them think about the diversity of caterpillars, and Ehlert's illustrations are true enough to real life that my students used the text to identify both monarch and wooly bear caterpillars and to gain basic info about them. The book is a helpful, introductory resource for the classroom.
Karen
The Ten Little Caterpillars is an informational book hidden into a “learn to count” book. This book not only teaches how to count, but also teaches about types of plants, flowers, caterpillars and butterflies. The rhyming words are printed in oversize font to help the new young readers. I would recommend this book to preschooler and kindergarteners. I could recommend it to older students who are studying the types of leaves and flowers or what different caterpillars eat.
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Hayden Drescher
This book is such a fun way to learn the basic numbers of 1 -10 whilst learning about different biological species of plants, insects, etc. Each page has simple illustrations, different actions, and a caterpillar on a journey. These 3 aspects of the book capture a simple journey into a happy ending of becoming a butterfly. This can be taken literally, metaphorically, or taken in a ny direction appropriate to subject matter.
As in previous reviews, I try to view each book in a way that can be "ph
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Debbie
The Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr. is a picture book illustrated with large, simple and bright watercolors. The story incorporates rhyme and ordinal numbers making it a good read-aloud. The pages present strategically placed labels allowing the story of metamorphosis to be a natural and inquisitive experience. The last page reveals a side by side comparison of each caterpillar.
Shuli
"I didn't like that the caterpillars died, but I like that one survived. The butterfly was super beautiful and I liked the toad. It was great that all the caterpillars were listed in the back. I liked it telling me the different butterflies and what they eat. It was pretty easy to read. About like 6 year olds should read this."

Note from Mom:

This book is a very easy reader and would be wonderful for toddlers. I don't think it was written for school aged kids but my son BEGGED me to buy it at the
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Julia Jasztal
Mommy's review from 11/21/11 -


This is a little young for Julia but we read it last night before bed and we both enjoyed the few minutes it took to read it. I liked the ending the best when the different types of caterpillars/butterflies and what they eat were shown.
Julia liked the illustrations the best and the words are big enough that an early reader can help out easily. Very few words are big enough that help is needed also. 'Caterpillar' is shown often enough that the child will probably fo
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Shelby Dennis
Ten Little Caterpillars is a good book to introduce numbers, number order, and language. It has beautiful illustrations in which the children will love to look at. Its also a rhyme book that will keep the children engaged. All the items in the pictures are labeled making it a good way to introduce language. And it also have words that you normally wouldn't find in a children's book like bower which is an opportunity for a learning experiment to introduce new words to their vocabulary.


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Colette
Sweet little counting to ten book, but could be used with science lessons about caterpillars and moths. Love Martin's rhyme, labeling of each animal and plant, as well as the informational pages at the back of the book on each caterpillar used in the book.
Carolynne
Feb 07, 2012 Carolynne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Malinda, Kathryn, Abigail, Gundula, Chandra
Shelves: nature, picture-books
A fabulous team, the late great Bill Martin, Jr., and Lois Ehlert, creators of the prize-winning _Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom_ and _Chicka-Chicka-1-2-3_! And they've done it again in this brilliantly illustrated (acrylics and cut paper, but I'm guessing) counting book simple enough for the very young, but with some names of flora and fauna to challenge primary students. It would make a perfect pair with _The Very Hungry Caterpillar_ (kind of the same story, but a bit more Nature--you know, "red in t ...more
Naomi
The 4 star rating on this book is for the illustrations more than the storyline. One of my favorite children's illustrators is Lois Ehlert. I found the counting aspect to be kind of boring.
Jen
I really liked this book. There is much about it to recommend: the illustrations were excellent, the text was simple yet educational (and it rhymed!), and the smaller identifying text alongside various plants and animals was great to see, as well. I think young readers can gain a lot by reading this book or having it read to them: it can help them learn to count, read, and identify plants and animals in their environments. As a bonus, the final pages of the book are further illustrations of each ...more
Andrea
A nice little counting book showing caterpillars. It is more of a fact book for really small children. I love Lois Ehlert's illustrations.
Vivian
This was a great follow-up book to Ehlert's "Planting a Rainbow" for a "GNOME-tastic!" story time (as in GARDEN gnomes, of course!). After all, what would a garden be without caterpillars? There IS some new vocabulary in this book (such as "bower", "wriggled" and "wren") but instead of stopping to talk about new words it seemed best to just keep paging through the story and enjoy 'as is'.

We sang "One little, two little, three little caterpillars; Four little, five little, six little caterpillars
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Grace
I made a note to myself to buy this book! These illustrations are some of the favorite I have seen in a while! The textures, colors, and patterns are simple but magnificent. I loved how in each picture, there was small print with the name of the plant or flower illustrated. Bill Martin Jr.'s counting picture book gives readers an enjoyable learning experience. Not only does the story incorporate counting numbers 1-10, but it also gives information about nature, plants, metamorphosis, and butter ...more
Jasmine George
This book has very colorful illustrations and is also informative by labeling all the illustrations in the book. It is also a rhyming and a counting book which will keep the children intrested.the only thing I would want to change about the book is the some of the words because I felt they were a little too complex for the children to understand.


Learning Experiance:
I would make ten caterpillar puppets that are different colors and numbered 1-10 and i would pass out the ten caterpillar puppets to
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Bridget R. Wilson
What I thought: This book is great. The text is simple yet appealing. The illustrations are great--such bold, bright colors and good use of white space. I'm becoming quite a fan of Lois Ehlert's style. I also like the labels in the plants and animals. This book will be enjoyed, but beyond that it will be a great way to teach preschool kids about nature. I can't decide on a favorite illustration, but I do admire all the purple flowers. I love the additional information at the end of the book abou ...more
Travis Morgan
I would use this book to talk about math and different species of caterpillars.
Mallory Hall
I enjoy this book. Ava and I point out the caterpillar on each page. If we want to take our time, we can read the captions on some or all of the illustrations. I will say, after I determined my rating on this and a few other childrens' books, I asked my husband if he agreed. Not on this one! "They all DIE!!", he says. Good point. I mean, it's not explicit but I'm pretty sure all but the last one meet a bad end. At first you can tell yourself that the caterpillar somehow escapes the hungry wren, ...more
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Bill Martin, Jr. (1916-2004) was an elementary-school principal, teacher, writer, and poet. His more than 300 books, among them the bestselling classics Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See; Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear; Panda Bear Panda Bear What Do You See; and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, are a testament to his ability to speak directly to children. Martin held a doctoral degree in early ...more
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