“Thanks partners, but for now, this cowboy is happy to be a plain little caterpillar,” Russ Lanier writes about the insect in his children’s book, The Caterpillar Cowboy.
~ What ~
This thirty-two-page oversize paperback targets children ages three to seven years old. With no scary or violent scenes, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.
In this short tale, a cute green caterpillar loves his life living in an apple tree where he can see the cowboys running the stampede below. Wishing he was a cowboy too, he talks to the wise owl who reminds him he is special as is and will someday fly across the plains.
When a cowboy takes a nap under the tree, his horse happens to bite the apple the caterpillar is resting on, having the little insect take the best ride of his life. When he returns to the apple tree, his friends tell him he is the greatest cowboy. The back cover has a Bible verse from Ecclesiastes.
~ Why ~
Promoting having goals, the yarn not only teaches there is a season for everything in life but also that dreams can come true. Containing no spiritual theme regarding God, it is a secular book for all denominations.
~ Why Not ~
With the story geared toward young ones, it has many two- and three-syllable words that beginner readers may not know how to pronounce. With a few minor punctuation errors, it may teach incorrect writing habits.
~ Who ~
Born and raised in Georgia, Lanier is a CPA and partner at an accounting firm. Inspired by parents reading books to children, his greatest passion is his daughter and wife. Illustrator Lanier (unrelated to the author) has been drawing creatively since an early age.
~ Wish ~
Having the owl mentioning the caterpillar will eventually fly without a horse or saddle, it would have been engaging to include the metamorphosis happening.
~ Want ~
If you want an innocuous book to read to your young one at bedtime, this one about caterpillars, stampedes, horses, and cowboys would be enjoyed.
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