This seems to be a year for picture book follow-ups. Ross Burach fans will be thrilled to see that The Very Impatient Caterpillar now has a companion book. This time the title character is in search of the other migrating butterflies. As the length of the migration is revealed by a helpful whale, the butterfly despairs of ever completing the journey. "Can I take a plane?" "No." "A hot air balloon?" "No." "A blimp?" "No." Our friend the butterfly is worried about all sorts of obstacles - getting lost, storms, being eaten, etc. But with some pep talk from the whale, the migration is resumed.
The comments and antics of the butterfly are made even more humorous by the illustrations. Readers will see the butterfly attempt to set up housekeeping in the whale's stomach, chugging from a water bottle and wearing a headband like a marathon runner, even standing in a puddle of its own tears. They will also learn a few facts along the way about migration, dormancy, predators, and perseverance.
Those who have already met The Very Impatient Caterpillar will delight in this new story and end it with the hope for yet another sequel. Readers new to this feisty protagonist will be just as entertained and amused. Perfect for preschool and early elementary readers.
Expected to publish on April 6th.
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