The Caterpillar and The Stone By Erec Stebbins

caterpillarThe Caterpillar and The Stone
By Erec Stebbins
44 pages – ages 8+
Published by Twice Pi Press on February 15, 2013

The Stone loves the Caterpillar. The Caterpillar loves the Stone. And because of this, order in the perfect garden in which they live was shaken. A stone can’t love a caterpillar, the stones complain. A caterpillar can’t love a stone, the caterpillars mumble. The Caterpillar and the Stone don’t listen. They say they will love each other always, but caterpillars don’t stay caterpillars forever.  

This is a sad story, but it has the perfect message that life isn’t a fairy tale and that if  something bad happens, the world doesn’t end, and you can still be happy and enjoy life. I like the story and the message (but I also prefer happy endings – maybe because I’m a kid). I also like the font (a fancy cursive script). I thought it made it fun to read, but my sister, who is an early reader, found it hard to read because she couldn’t make out some of the letters and I think other kids would have a hard time reading it too. The story is told in a great descriptive way that gets you into reading it. My favorite character is the Great Old Stone – he rocks! **snicker** 😉 The illustrations are interesting to look at and go good with the book. They look like real photographs that were altered. I think it is a cool effect.

I got an audio version of this book too, and it was fun to listen to and put together well!The narration was very good and the music and sound effects were nice.  My sister Josie liked it because it was easier for her to follow along in the books when she listened to it. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 book worms!

To learn more about Erec Stebbins and his books and music, please visit his website HERE.fivebooks

Categories: Age 6-9

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6 replies

  1. Sounds like an important truth for kids (and a lot of adults) to learn.I like the font on the cover too, but I can understand this difficult for Josie.

  2. Very nice review. I like how you added in Josie’s viewpoint. I think that was very important. Cool fonts are nice to look at but not always easy to read when put together into words and sentences. It is something publishers need to be aware of. Very good catch.

    I immediately liked the idea of the stone and caterpillar liking each other but their respective “people” complained. Unfortunately, this still happens, and not just racially. , Families often do not like their child’s boy/girl friend, maybe because the lifestyles are so different in each home. It happens. 🙁

    This is a unique way to get this message across that it’s okay for stones and caterpillars to like each other. You did a great job on the review. Now, I want to read it. 🙂

  3. Great concept for a book. Liike the cover. Sounds like like it touches on transformation — something we all go through.

  4. Sounds like an interesting book with an important message. The art sounds really neat, too! Thanks for sharing, Erik!

  5. This one really tickles my fancy. I think I’m going to check it out. Thanks, Erik and Josie.

  6. I like the look and sound of this one. Rather whimsical with a serious undertone? Too bad about the font. When I read with kids we occasionally come across books that look really cool but are tough for kids to read. You’d think that publishers would think about those things. I think I’ll check this book out though. Thanks for the thorough review!

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