Written by Jeanne Willis
Illustrated by Tony Ross
Lovereading4kids Price £4.79
£5.99 saving £1.20 (20%)
Please login (or signup) to download the extract
You will need to Sign Up or Login before you can download a book extract.
To Sign Up all you need to do is give us your email address and a password and let us know the types of books you like. Thank you.
The Lovereading4Kids comment
This is a magical picture book from what you could call the dream team of Jeanne Willis (who writes the words) and Tony Ross (who creates the illustrations). Caterpillar Dreams celebrates the life of two curly caterpillars who dream of all the things they will do when they become butterflies. Autumn comes, and they settle down to sleep, eager to wake up and have their dream realised. But Nature of course has a different dream, a different plan for them...
Caterpillar Dreams by Jeanne Willis
Two curly caterpillars dream of all the things they will do when they become butterflies. Autumn comes, and they settle down to sleep, eager to wake up and have their dream realized. But Nature has a different dream, a different plan for them...
'A dream team of writer and illustrator!' - The Times
Review of ‘Caterpillar Dreams’ by Books for Keeps [3 stars]
Another successful collaboration between two well-loved children’s authors – Jeanne Willis’ language is simple yet lyrical and Tony Ross matches its impact with his beautiful drawings. It’s a magical combination for a lovely story about two caterpillars who consider themselves sisters and look forward to their time together once they have grown into butterflies: ‘They would wake to the song of the blackbird. And fly through skies of forget-me-not blue. They would sip from buttercups… flit through sunbeams… and bathe in gold dust.’
But on the day when one of them emerges as a butterfly, she finds herself alone with no sign of her sister among the sunbeams. That night she dreams of her sister waking in the night: ‘Soaring through space. Skipping through moonbeams. Bathing in stardust.’ The two meet at dawn and find that one is a butterfly and one a moth, dreaming different dreams, waking to different birdsong, but both beautiful in their own way and both part of nature’s plan: ‘We cannot all be butterflies it seems. The world needs moths just like it needs the moon. That’s what keeps it turning, turning, turning.’
The illustrations on the last couple of pages bring the human connection to the fore: two children walk hand in hand in the field below the butterfly and moth. The last double spread, with beautiful simplicity juxtaposes the threads woven through the story. On the one hand, with the day fully dawned, the butterfly landing on the girl’s hand. On the other, the boy blissfully asleep and the moth flitting by in the night sky visible through his window.
About the Author
Interest Age: To 5
More books by Jeanne Willis
Andersen Press Ltd
5th July 2012
Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press
Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.
I love Lovereading4kids because I get an opportunity to put my opinion forward and to try new booksElosie Clarkson – age 11
We love Lovereading4kids because it promotes reading choices, new authors and a sense of community for children of all ages!Rachel Bridgeman
I love Lovereading because I often never know what to read and this helps you find a good book. I have recommended this to many people.Shannon-Louise Masters – age 15
I love all the books they recommend & put up for me to review. I also love the fact that they give new authors the chance to share their booDaisy Pennock – age 15
I love finding new books to read. My mummy and me look at the new ones coming out. I have written reviews of some of them!Jessica Cobbin – age 7
At @HHSHaringey we love @lovereading4kids because our pupils can practice reviewing & get free upcoming books before anyone else!Helen Swinyard – Heartlands High
I love lovereading4kids because I’ve read amazing books I would never have picked up, and its opened doors to new genre’s I now love.Harriet Cunningham
I am so pleased to have signed my kids up as they are reading a much wider range of books and even choosing books out of their comfort zone.Angela East