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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite
When you were a child, how many times did you hear the question, “What will you be when you grow up?” Kristina Schoettle deals with that question in The Restless Caterpillar: Heavenly Allegories for Children. The little caterpillar sees other animals doing things he would like to do. Children often want to hurry up to become an adult and be able to fulfill their dreams. How many youngsters whine that they are only sixteen, desiring to be an adult and out on their own? Caterpillar wanted to be able to fly. As he interacts with other animals, he shares this desire. Kristina uses the caterpillar to teach acceptance, hope for the future, patience, and change. These are great topics to discuss with your children, and this book is an excellent platform to open the conversation.
Often people want to be someone else. Children want to be able to do amazing things, but their age holds them back. In these situations, time is the answer. Children may want to do something now, but they have to wait until they are the right age or have the correct background. The Restless Caterpillar by Kristina Schoettle helps children to see a bright future. The caterpillar sees many possibilities and then ends up becoming himself. He transforms into a beautiful butterfly when the timing is right. It is right for parents to instruct their children that good things are worth waiting for. This book is excellent for reading to and with your children. The illustrations by Christopher Schoettle are a wonderful addition to this book and add to its attraction.