Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Review: Three Little Caterpillars

We've had this book for awhile, but as explained in the review below, we have just now been able to review it.

Three Little Caterpillars (Board book), by Dorothea Deprisco. This is a unique, fun little board book. Simple text and bright illustrations pair with furry, soft caterpillars which thread their way through the book. (As you open the page, a fuzzy string caterpillar runs from the left page to the right). First one, then another, then three - teaching the concept of "big," "bigger," and "biggest." The last page of the book treats us to a pop-up feature of the three butterflies that they become.


"The third caterpillar, the largest of all three, He ate the most sitting in the peach tree. Biggest Bigger Big"

Bookworm's interest at 21 months: We've had this book since he was about 13 months old, lucky enough to receive it in a holiday book exchange. He read it once or twice, enjoyed it, then decided that he was terrified of pop-up books. He'd see the cover and start screaming. I tried others at the library - same reaction! Tonight I found it again and asked him if he wanted to read it. His eyes lit up and we read it about 10 times in a row. Apparently that phase has passed. He likes to practice counting to three as the caterpillars appear.

Another book our son loves that teaches the sizes is Curious George Bigger and Smaller (the link goes to our previous review of it). He likes to read that one lately and say "memium" for the middle-sized items.

Now that pop-up books are no longer out of bounds for us, do you have any favorites to recommend?


MaryAnne said...

This book sounds really cute. Johnny is actually afraid of pop-up books right now, although I can't tell if it's because of the pop-ups or the subject matter of the one pop-up book we own (a rather icky book that I don't recommend about putting bugs in food given as a gift by a somewhat eccentric relative...)

Britt said...

We have no popup books. Mainly because I don't trust my monkeys that much! I suppose they're technically getting old enough to try them now though... Maybe we'll have to see what we can find.

Liz said...

I didn't know some babies are afraid of board books! I'll have to keep that in mind -- my kids have all loved them. I love board books for small children -- they can manhandle them, chew them, slobber on them, etc., and they'll hold up to all that rough stuff. I just got "Dear Baby, What I love About You!," a fabulous board book, for one of my nephews. It's a big hit! Lots of bright colors and cute drawings, and lots of cute little baby faces. It's been our experience with our kids, that babies absolutely LOVE looking at other baby faces. And the book gives a fresh take on the frequent (and enduring) theme of loving babies.