My book review of 'The woolly bear caterpillar' by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Yuval Zommer

The woolly bear caterpillar

by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Yuval Zommer
Recommended age: 3+
The woolly bear caterpillar
by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Yuval Zommer

Something a little different from the bestselling author of 'The Gruffalo', working with a new illustrator too.

The brown, woolly caterpillar is crawling through the garden wondering about her future. What type of moth will she become?

The other caterpillars look much brighter and more colourful, but they're harsh and dismissive of Woolly Bear, making fun of her, sure of their superiority.

When the day comes for the caterpillars to shed their skin, though, there are some surprises in store.

The story is simple and familiar, and the caterpillars chant their views in rhyming verse. The illustrations are colourful and fun, and we are introduced to different types of moths throughout the story. There is also a message of individuality and acceptance and not to judge by appearance.

This picture book comes with a non-fiction mini book all about moths and caterpillars, written by a nature specialist. It is aimed at children aged three years upwards.

Review date: August 2021
Publication date: 24th June 2021