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Ten Little Caterpillars

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,451 Ratings  ·  195 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
ebook, 40 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Beach Lane Books (first published 1967)
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Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
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
Kathy Davie
A standalone picture book for ages 2–6 that involves counting and natural history about caterpillars and flowers.

In 2012, Ten Little Caterpillars won the Wisconsin Library Association Outstanding Book Award.

My Take
The pages are simple with one line per spread with the succeeding line rhyming with the first, using an A-B rhyming scheme. It makes me understand why Martin used bower in one of the lines.

Very cool. Martin provides the names of flowers and critters as you read, and then includes a glo
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ardea Smith
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reading-log
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).
Colby Sharp
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
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
Jun 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
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!
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A counting book with caterpillars. If you little one enjoys butterflies, bug, or counting this worth checking out. Also great for a butterfly life cycle lesson with young children. Pair with The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Everything in the illustration is labeled, which is great for helping kids identify different objects and learn words.
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-children
Feels like a counting version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, espeically since the art is so much in the style of Eric Carle.
Alyssa Gudenburr
A great bug storytime book. Counts from 1 to 10 using caterpillars. The illustrations were bright and bold.
Annie Payne
I definitely enjoyed this one more than the kiddos, but it was a great counting book nonetheless!
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would be a great "spring" book!!
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: numbers
Nice merging of counting with caterpillars-to-butterflies and all kinds of flora, depicted with Lois Ehlert's magnificent mixed-media illustrations.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I can't believe I've never read this before. During our "counting" toddler storytime, this was one of the favorites. Kids counted along with me, and at the end they enjoyed seeing illustrations of what each of the caterpillars turned into. It had a nice scientific element to it that I think a lot of picture books lack.
Breanna Riley
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lib-428
Love the illustrations and it is a cute story made to be shared. I know I would use this in my future classroom to have kid's see how to count.
Ten Little Caterpillars, by Bill Martin, Jr., was a disappointing affair. The whole undertaking just feels completely derivative of Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar, only here, there are some darker elements (caterpillars drowning and getting eaten) before we get to the butterfly. The art is really cool, even if it is too reminiscent of Carle's work, and I like that the plants and animals are all labeled. That was a nice touch. On the whole, though, this one just comes off as a retread o ...more
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a. Summary: The story begins and flows with each page being a different number; 1,2,3, etc. caterpillar’s, and we now we started with 10. Each goes onto a different leaf, flower, vegetable or fruit vine, or garden pool. Then one caterpillar gets taken to school, then they start to meet other animals that they were afraid of (predators). Each caterpillar was going to a different place where they belong and live in the real world. Then once the tenth caterpillar came around and climbed up an apple ...more
Apr 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  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
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title / Author / Publication Date:
Ten Little Caterpillars / Martin, Bill. Ehlret, Lois (ill.) / 2011

Genre: Stories in rhyme

Format: Picture book - print

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.

Review citation: Preschool-Kindergarten From the accomplished creators of the classic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (1989) comes this captivating, rhyming
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
Kelly Kline
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bill Martin Jr.'s "Ten Little Caterpillars" is an excellent book which is loved my many children. With the books funny cartoons and the rhyme pattern, children all over will just love this book.

What is it about?
This book is about the life cycle of a caterpillar. The caterpillar ate leaves, apples, and cabbage and then turned into a beautiful butterfly. This book is a short book and with few words. However, I think children will love it because it rhymes and the big font on the page.

What are th
Sep 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cj Lee
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: authors
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
Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr. is a book about 10 caterpillars that each do something different throughout the book. One of the caterpillars climbs up a flower, one of the caterpillars climbs into a bower, one of the caterpillars is carried to school, and another caterpillar also sails a garden pool. At the end of the book, all 10 of the caterpillars become butterflies. This book is good for very young children to help them grasp the concept of numbers better. It also would be helpfu ...more
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
I agree with the Kirkus
Amy Stumph
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This book shows 10 caterpillars out in the big world finding their way. They each stubble into something different along the way. For example, one caterpillar crawls into a bower, one climbs up a flower, one sails a garden pool, and one was carried to school. Eventually they all become their own butterflies. Lesson idea: have students draw a picture of their own butterfly and make up a setting for them to be in. This is a good book that very young readers would really enjoy listening to and inte ...more
Hayden Drescher
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-bookshelf
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
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
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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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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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