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Author: Holly Keller

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Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.,

Material: paperback

Summary: Farfallina is a caterpillar when she meets Marcel, a gosling. They become fast friends, and when Farfallina climbs the tree to rest, Marcel promises to wait for her. Time changes them both, but not their friendship. This one is a gentle reminder for kids that we can grow up, and change, but we never lose our friends.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, anytime reading, read aloud, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 3

Age of Child: started reading with a child nearly 2½ years old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He liked the pictures, but has yet (through about half dozen readings) to sit still for the whole story. S/He will ask to read it, but then after Marcel is spotted, requests a different duck book.

Adult Reader Reaction: A sweet story, with simple toddler-eye-catching illustrations. Clearly, it's a little too wordy, subtle and grown-up for our toddler. We'll try again…the story is too good not to.

Pros: The simple illustrations are eye-catching but not overpowering. The story uses simple words, so there is potential for grade-school readers to pick this up for themselves.

Cons: It's a paperback. The wear-and-tear of a four-year-old may still be too much for it.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. A great investment and easily found at $10 and under.


Educational Themes: This is a multi-purpose book. There's the opportunity to talk about friendship, how we change as we grow up, and the basics of a caterpillar becoming a butterfly.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, friendship, picture book, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2004

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