Book Review: Harry the Happy Caterpillar Grows: Helping Children Adjust to Change by Cindy Jett

Harry loves everything about his caterpillar life: crawling up trees, eating leaves, playing with his caterpillar friends, and participating in the Caterpillar Games each Friday. He even enjoys going to caterpillar school where his teacher, a beautiful butterfly named Ms. Betty, teaches about the best leaves to eat. Then one day, Ms. Betty teaches a lesson called “How to Build a Cocoon,” where she tells her caterpillar students about building cocoons and turning into butterflies. Harry cannot believe that he has to give up the life he loves as a caterpillar to become a butterfly. Harry decides he won’t grow up — he wants to stay the same. Harry’s friends, however, teach him that change is a good and promising part of life. Harry’s endearing, colorfully illustrated story helps children not to fear change and highlights the positive aspects of growth in our rapidly changing world.

A good test for a book is to read it to my 5 year old daughter. This one passed the test.  She enjoyed Harry the Happy Caterpillar Grows. After reading it we even discussed how she cried when she first had to go to her church class alone but now she loves it. I’ve read a couple children’s books lately that help children deal with change and this is my favorite so far. Filled with bright, colorful illustrations, it held the attention of my daughter. Using a caterpillar’s change into a butterfly, this book could be used to help children through many of the changes that come as part of life.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Source: Won in a Giveaway