The Little Butterfly That Could (A Very Impatient Caterpillar Book) (Hardcover)

The Little Butterfly That Could (A Very Impatient Caterpillar Book) By Ross Burach, Ross Burach (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ross Burach, Ross Burach (Illustrator)
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If at first you don't succeed, fly, fly again! This comical companion to Ross Burach's The Very Impatient Caterpillar pays loving homage to every child's struggle to persist through challenges while also delivering a lighthearted lesson on butterfly migration.

“Will elicit plenty of giggles." -- Kirkus Reviews"Which way to the flowers?" "That way. 200 miles." "How am I supposed to travel that far?!" "You fly." "Can I take a plane?" "No." "Then I'll never make it!" Ross Burach’s encouraging story will make you laugh out loud while also providing scientific facts about butterflies.

About the Author

ROSS BURACH is the creator of the riotously funny Very Impatient Caterpillar series that includes The Very Impatient Caterpillar; The Little Butterfly That Could; Goodnight, Butterfly; and Make Way for Butterfly. All the books combine humor with curriculum-friendly science topics and relatable social-emotional themes. Ross's other acclaimed books include the picture book Truck Full of Ducks, the board books I Love My Tutu Too!, Potty All-Star, Hi-Five Farm!, and Hi-Five Animals!, named the best board book of the year by Parents magazine, and the Acorn early reader series Bumble and Bee. Ross lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit him online at

Praise For…

Praise for The Little Butterfly That Could: "Will elicit plenty of giggles, and sly pictorial details will keep a broad range of readers happy during rereads." -- Kirkus ReviewsPraise for The Very Impatient Caterpillar: "Will delight fans of Mo Willems's 'Pigeon' series... absolutely charming." -- School Library Journal * "A good choice for read aloud[s]... There's definitely some science lurking here among the laughs, and preschool and primary classrooms can jumpstart the life cycle units with this super-charged title." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review ​​​​​​​ "Burach chronicles this miracle of nature in cartoon scenes as loud as the rapid patter... It won't be just adults chuckling at the interactions between the title character and its patiently pupating companions." -- Kirkus Reviews ​​​​​​​ "Burach's mixed-media digital artwork makes good use of the cartoon style to depict vibrantly colored caterpillars and the protagonist's overwrought emotions. Particularly humorous are the spot drawings showing the inside of the chrysalis, in which he rails against the measured pace of nature... a good choice for science edutainment." -- Booklist​​​​​​​Praise for Truck Full of Ducks:​​​​​​​ "Burach will have readers quacking up, both with the frequent repetition of the title -- 'Did you call for a truck full of ducks?' is a funny line no matter how often it's read or heard -- and over the illustrations... Sight gags and side comments in the pictures add further yuks to this ducky delight." -- Booklist "Children will delight in the extreme silliness of this story and will repeatedly pore over the detailed, colorful, and quirky illustrations." -- School Library Journal​​​​​​​ "Burach tells his story entirely through dialogue, packing it -- and his exuberant, crayon-like digital illustrations -- with visual jokes [and] an abundance of funny details to discover in each scene." -- Publishers Weekly ​​​​​​​ "Silly details decorate every spread... Storytime audiences will quack up." -- Kirkus ReviewsPraise for Billy Bloo Is Stuck in Goo, illustrated by Ross Burach: ​​​​​​​ 2018 CBC Children's Choice Book Awards Finalist ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​"Begs to be read aloud... Gleeful, errant nonsense." -- Kirkus Reviews ​​​​​​​ "Plenty to linger (and laugh) over." -- Publishers Weekly ​​​​​​​"Lots of giggles and goo, and weird characters too, in this rhyming cumulative storytime read-aloud, make this title a must-have for picture book collections." -- School Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781338615005
ISBN-10: 1338615009
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: April 6th, 2021
Pages: 40
Language: English