Farfallina & Marcel

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.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

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.

Content Awareness Factors:

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


Little Kid 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.

Big Kid 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.

Type of Book:
This one is a gentle reminder for kids that we can grow up, and change, but we never lose our friends.
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.

Reading Level:
3.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 6
Age of child:
started reading with a child nearly 2½ years old.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. A great investment and easily found at $10 and under.

Title Farfallina and Marcel
Author Holly Keller
Publisher Greenwillow Books, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2002
ISBN 006623932X
Material Hard Cover
Genres Animal Character, Nature, Friendship
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