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Clara Caterpillar

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  105 ratings  ·  29 reviews

Clara is a cute cabbage Caterpillar. But to Catisha, who is catty and crimson, Clara is only a common caterpillar with no hope of becoming a colorful butterfly. Sure enough, Clara comes out cream colored. And during an encounter with a hungry crow, Clara proves that being colorful and conspicuous doesn't compare with being common, content, and courageous.

Pamela Duncan Edwa

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 8th 2001 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published 2001)
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Vanessa Maeda
Main Characters: Clara, Catisha, Cornelius, and Crow
Setting: Anywhere outside


Clara is the plainest caterpillar there can be. Clara does not mind because cabbage caterpillars are cute but then the crimson –colored Catisha caterpillar thinks Clara is dull. As Clara and Cornelius make their chrysalis, the crimson-colored caterpillar Catisha says that she will only become a common cabbage butterfly. Even though to Catisha, Clara is boring and plain, her traits actually help save Catisha...more
My son loves this book. He is too young to want to listen to the entire story verbatim, but the pictures are easy to use to tell the story to him. He loves the "creepy birdy" and the fact that the butterflies get away from it.
I enjoyed this book on many different levels. I like the pictures, the story is a great story of "Being the best you can be and forget what the critics say" and the "C" alliterations is fun without being over done or obnoxious!
This is a mediocre book that teaches a very important lesson; everyone is special in their own way. Clara is a cabbage caterpillar, nothing extravagant and very common, while catisha, is a very pretty, rare caterpillar that will become a beautiful butterfly. After the caterpillars turn into butterflies, Clara is just a plain white. Catisha makes fun of her until a crow is after them and Clara is able to camouflage herself in some flowers. In the end, all of the caterpillars realize that although...more
Lorrie L.  Birchall
This is a nice story to teach alliteration. Clara comes out of her egg case a common cabbage caterpillar. Then cracking out of her cozy chrysalis, Clara is just a common cream colored butterfly. She's not colorfully captivating like Catisha, the crimson colored butterfly. But when a crow tries to catch the colorful Catisha, courageous Clara distracts him from capturing her. Cleverly, Clara camouflages in cream camellias to completely confuse the crow. Catisha finally concedes that being cream co...more
The alliteration was fun to read, and fun to listen to for the kids.
Really good story about a plain caterpillar who turns into a plain butterfly - who turns into a respected hero. There is a great potential to use fun voices for the eager boy caterpillar in the story and the catty and egotistical Catisha who looks down on Clara and makes mean comments every chance she gets. There are many "c" words used in the story, so it is a good resource for teaching phonemic awareness.
Sandra Y.
The book is full of super cute, and colorful illustrations, with a storyline that make this book a great tool for teaching alliterations. Plus I loved the message Clara is not going to turn out to be a beautiful colorful butterfly, but what she provides to the story saves the day- it is a great reminder that we should focus on what we have, and being a good person. I would recommend this for second grade and up.
Jun 07, 2014 June rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: storytime crowd and their parents & caregivers
A cute, common caterpillar/butterfly proves herself to a conceited colorful butterfly. 5/30/12

Used in story time. I just love the language and the alliteration in this story. One to definitely increase most younger children's vocabulary. 5/15/13

Blown away again by the language and all the words starting with c.
Clara the caterpillar isn't going to be a colorful butterfly like Catisha, Cornelius and the other caterpillars, but her cream color lets her camouflage herself and hide from the crow on a camellia. The densely alliterative text is awkward to read aloud, and causes this book to drag. Ages 3-6.
I thought this story's lesson was a bit treacly, but I did enjoy the alliteration, which led to some cleverly conceived calls for caterpillars (see what I did there?!). This would be a great one for talking about the letter C and C sounds.
Allitrated with c's galore, this book shares the story of Clara who is cute to all but Catisha, a showy and more colorful caterpillar. Moral of the story that looks aren't everything is gently shared.
It was a bit of a tongue twister to say all those c words. Nice storyline paired with pleasant artwork. There was the added benefit of learning more about the stages of caterpillars.
Kelly Triplett
A book that shows everyone is special and had a purpose. An awful lot of "c" alliterations and words;would be a great accompaniment for a lesson about the letter "c".
This is a cute book that uses a lot of alliteration of the letter "C". It includes the life cycle of a caterpillar and it has a hidden theme: Looks aren't everything."
shows the life cycle of a caterpillar! ALOT OF "C" WORDS! (this would be a good book for pre-k or kindergarten for starting on the letter c.
This story was excellent!! I loved the alliterations and the message about. This would be a great story for young children learning the alphabet!
Michelle Carter
beautiful illustrations and a great book when introducing the letter "C". Great books about friends and being different.
Fun book to read aloud because of all the c's:
"Don't be cruel, Catisha," Cornelius scolded. "Cabbage caterpillars are cute."
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Camouflage saves the day in this story in which the author cleverly uses as many words starting with the letter "c" as she can.
Holly and I are loving this book right now. You can guess why we bought it!!
Similar to "Some Smug Slug" just with a prettier insect.
Too many c words. It was a tongue twister for me.
cute story, filled with lots of C words!
I love the alliteration! Quite clever.
Good message, but kind of boring.
sweet message and fun alliteration.
Heather Ledet
Alliteration of "C" throughout book.
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Pamela Duncan Edwards grew up in northern England and moved to the United States several years ago with her husband and two sons. She has lived in the Washington, D.C. area ever since. Her father wrote children’s stories for magazines in England and his love of children’s literature was a huge influence on her. Pamela taught preschool for eleven years in England before becoming a children’s librar...more
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