Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Ten Little Caterpillars


Bibliographic Information: Ten Little Caterpillars, written by Bill Martin jr., illustrated by Lois Elhert, published by Beach Lane Books, New York, c. 2011

Lexile: 410

Synopsis: Ten unique caterpillars make their way across ten beautifully represented natural scenes that include labeled plants and animals.  Finally, the tenth caterpillar builds a cocoon and transforms into a butterfly.  The last few pages provide a look at each type of caterpillar and the moth or butterfly they become.

Rationale for Classroom Use: This book could be used when introducing the use of ordinal numbers because of the predictable placement of those words on each page.  The book could also be used to point out to students the importance of illustrations in non-fiction books.  The students could see that there is information provided in the pictures, such as the names of plants and animals, that is not provided in the text.

Common Core Connection:

1.RI.4 Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text.

1.RI.6 Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text.


About Kristen

I am an elementary school teacher with five years of experience in 4th and 5th grades. I am taking a year off from teaching to get my masters in Reading through the New Literacies and Global Learning program at NC State University.

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This entry was posted on June 20, 2013 by in Beginner Readers/ Early Readers, Picturebooks, Uncategorized and tagged , , .

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