by Judy Newman with Alexie Basil
Right about now, many of us feel like very impatient caterpillars—stuck in a chrysalis, waiting until we can be back out in the world once again.
We want this COVID-19 pandemic to be over. We want to all be healthy and get back to our normal routines. We want to be able to travel and shop and go out to eat. We want the scary feelings to end.
We want to go back to school!
But right now, we can’t. We have to be patient. We have to follow the experts’ advice and practice social distancing and stay home as much as possible. And, above all, we have to remain optimistic, hopeful, and confident that things will be better on the other side of this crisis.
Just like Ross Burach’s very hilarious and very, very impatient caterpillar, we have to find our collective patience and wait it out.
At Scholastic Book Clubs, we plan the Books of the Week we want to feature on our blog well in advance so that we have time to order copies from the printer and get our blog posts and videos ready. We always try to have the books we offer to teachers, parents, and kids be relevant and fun to read, but I have to say, the choice of The Very Impatient Caterpillar for this week is almost eerily apt.
The hilarious story about a caterpillar who just does not want to wait two full weeks hanging out in his chrysalis before he can spread his wings and become a butterfly is a great way to talk with kids—in school and at home—about patience.
“It won’t be just adults chuckling at the interactions between the title character and its patiently pupating companions.…An object lesson in the value of patience as well as a droll introduction to meta-what-now.” —Kirkus Reviews
It’s a laugh-out-loud-funny picture book with hilarious dialogue, and any reader—kids and teachers alike—can surely relate to the protagonist’s eagerness to become a butterfly already!
After reading The Very Impatient Caterpillar, my friend and colleague David Vozar was reminded of his experiences with all the different stages in the life cycle of a butterfly:
This week on the blog, we’ve put together some resources to help you and your students get the most out of The Very Impatient Caterpillar:
• Book Boy Max can be a bit of an impatient caterpillar himself. Share the Book Boys’ fun, kid-friendly video to start a conversation about the importance of patience among students.
• Third grade teacher Adanna McMayo offers how she uses The Very Impatient Caterpillar to help her students practice patience and predictions in her Book Talk review video.
• Read a special interview with Ross Burach, the creator of The Very Impatient Caterpillar.
• Download a free printable worksheet to help your students creatively think through the life cycle of a butterfly in Cooked Up from a Book.
Right now, we are working to offer you books and other resources that can be shipped to home while still benefitting your teacher and class during this crisis when schools are closed. Stay tuned!
I hope you and the young people in your life can get a good laugh—and be inspired to be patient—with The Very Impatient Caterpillar.
On behalf of everyone at Scholastic Book Clubs, please stay safe and healthy, and happy reading!
PS: Scholastic has put together some incredible resources to help keep your kids engaged and learning during this difficult time. Please check out our free Learn at Home online courses for kids of all ages.