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.
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.
It's a paperback. The wear-and-tear of a four-year-old may still be too much for it.
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.
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.
This one is a gentle reminder for kids that we can grow up, and change, but we never lose our friends.
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.
8 to 10
3 to 6
started reading with a child nearly 2½ years old.
Buy. A great investment and easily found at $10 and under.