A little caterpillar warns his friend Bear that he’ll be tucked inside a cocoon for awhile, but not to worry.
Bear, of course, worries.
Bear checks on the caterpillar at night, in the wind, and in the rain. The caterpillar reassures him every time, including when Bear finds the cocoon empty and the caterpillar nowhere in sight.
This is a terrifically sweet story with strong, simple illustrations. Bear is dear, child-like and engaging. The caterpillar’s cocoon and the tree it hangs on are drawn nearly identically in every picture spread. Bear’s comings and goings and the tree’s growth cycle are the only changing graphic elements. The author, Greg Foley, is an award-winning author-illustrator (2008 Charlotte Zolotow award for Thank You Bear) and a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.
This is a story as much about caring for others and friendship as it is about the natural life cycle of a butterfly.