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Izumi's parents are embarrassed that their daughter is known as the Girl Who Loves Caterpillars, but Izumi doesn't care. She finds worms, toads, and especially caterpillars much more fascinating than the hobbies of the refined ladies in the Emperor's court....

Title : The Girl Who Loved Caterpillars
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ISBN : 9780698113930
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Girl Who Loved Caterpillars Reviews

  • Joey Zadina
    2019-02-03 11:43

    The Girl Who Loved Caterpillars is an awesome story that carries many lessons about being oneself and I am sure to use it in the classroom when I am a teacher. I related a lot to this story because there have been many times in my life where I have felt like an outsider or felt like people might be talking about me. Izumi is a young girl who is very interested in caterpillars and many other insects that most people would not take in as friends. Although she is the talk of the town for being so unconventional, Izumi does not care and continues to live her life the way that she wants. I relate a lot to her because I grew up in a town of eight-hundred people where most of the boys spent all hours of the day hunting, fishing, and doing the things that you would expect small-town Kansas boys to do. Anyone who knows me, knows that it is not in my personality to do these things. I do love being outdoors and always enjoyed going to the farm, but I once shot a deer and had nightmares for weeks after watching it die. This made me a lot different than the others around me while growing up, and I was never shy about being different and often people would comment and talk about how I was not like most people in my hometown. This really made this Japanese tale one that I could relate to, and I enjoyed it a lot. I would use this book in the classroom as a read aloud to talk to the students about how it is okay to be different and how to take pride in what makes each of them different. It is also great for an independent read for a child who shows interest in things that might make him or her different from their classmates or the people around them.

  • Arminzerella
    2019-02-15 12:22

    The girl who loved caterpillars is high born, but considered strange by others because of her interest in caterpillars and other creepy-crawlies. She neglects her appearance (doesn't conform to normal standards of beauty by plucking her eyebrows or blackening her teeth), spends all of her time with boys in the neighborhood (they bring her new specimens for her collection), and doesn't behave as a young lady should. Despite her strange behavior, several young men are taken with her and send her gifts and correspondence. While it's admirable that the girl who loved caterpillars stands up for herself and her interests despite what other people think, her story ends rather abruptly. There's no real resolution with the young men in her life (one sort of expects that some man will love her for her unique qualities and win her heart), and it appears that she will continue to go about her business without interference from her parents (what? no pressure from them for her to marry and be a good wife, mother, etc.?). Doesn't seem believable. Wish there had been more illustrations of caterpillars - at least then kids looking at the pictures would have more to ooh and ahh over.

  • Hααℓєу♡ Ƒιѕнєя
    2019-02-10 12:50

    I loved this story. The culture was explained and detailed nicely. The story was smart and enjoyable. And the illustrations were beautiful. I wonder what would have happened to the caterpillar girl If the second chapter had not been lost.

  • Madison
    2019-02-15 15:31

    Personal Reaction: I think this is the first Japanese inspired book I’ve read and I liked it, especially the pictures. It is a powerful story in how it captures the strength of a young girl who does things according to her own rules. I could relate to this story because there were many times in my childhood when I had a particular interest in caterpillars. I would search and search for them and spend hours watching them and creating little habitats for them. Purposes/Use in Classroomread aloud enrichment: This story would be a great read aloud selection because of its content but especially because of the beautiful illustrations that span across the pages. The oil paintings bring the story to life and add a very artistic element to the story. I also think the picture help share the culture of Japan by the setting and her kimono, for example. read aloud for curriculum: Again, this book would be helpful in a unit about Japanese culture. It shares the main character, Izumi’s, point of view, but it also shares the feelings of her parents, as they are embarrassed to know that their daughter is known as the girl who loves caterpillars. I think this is great to show that girls can be interested in bugs and nature just as much as boys can. independent reading: I think an older elementary aged girl would enjoy to read this book independently, especially if they feel like they can relate to Izumi. There are many girls who would prefer bugs over barbies and I think this story shows how important it is to do things that interest you regardless of what others think.

  • Dolly
    2019-02-11 10:49

    According to the Afterword, this story was originally written in the twelfth century (Heian Period). It is a beautiful tale and although the characters, fashion, and customs are obviously from long ago, the story is alive and fresh. The illustrations are amazing and the poetry within the letters sent by Izumi and the others in the story are witty and creative. I love that Izumi is not afraid to be herself and is not forced to conform to her society's standards for beauty - it's a wonderful example for impressionable young girls today. And I love how in tune she is with nature. While I don't necessarily want "boxes and baskets of crawling, squirming, hopping creatures" all over my house, I would be thrilled if our girls developed a true love for nature and did not focus too much on the fashion a la mode. They are young now and still like the creepy crawlies, so perhaps there is hope. We really enjoyed this story and I expect that we will want to borrow it from the library again someday.

  • Cayla Caudillo
    2019-02-03 12:50

    Review: This story is about a girl who lives in Japan during the twelfth century. She is unlike the other traditional women in Japan. The “beautiful” women would pluck their eyebrows very thin and blacken their teeth. She however did not find this beautiful and refused to follow what the other women were doing. She instead let her eyebrows grow bushy and she also enjoyed things such as caterpillars and other insects. No matter what others thought, she chose to stay true to herself. Write an Original Recommendation: I would recommend using this book for any elementary grade level. I think the younger grades such as first and second could comprehend the story with help from the teacher. It is great to use when learning about the Asian culture and their history. It will also inspire students to be themselves.Grade Level: 3-5Awards/Honors: None

  • Louise (A Strong Belief in Wicker)
    2019-01-27 12:32

    I usually love the aesthetic of picture books with Asian themed iconography. This one didn't excite the senses as they usually do. A very odd story line as well. An adaptation of a 12th century Japanese story about the odd daughter of an important court official. Izumi is fascinated with caterpillars, she refuses to pluck her eyebrows so that they look like caterpillars on her face. She is noncomformist, she doesn' want to blacken her teeth (apparently fashionable in 12th century Japan), she wants to hang out with the boys, and check out creepy crawlies. It just kind of ends, without any obvious point. It is possible that the original is a fragment of something bigger. I think that this modern retelling would have benefited from the author padding out the end, making it be a full story.

  • April Poulter
    2019-02-06 16:41

    Interesting book. The artwork was beautiful. It wasn't crisp and clear, but almost pixelated; it added to the feeling that the story is set in far-away China. It had a good message about not always conforming to society around you but rather learning to be true to yourself and what you know to be right for you. The ending left me feeling a little unsettled because there was no closure and I like closure! Because the end is not definitive it creates an opportunity for children to use their imaginations to generate how they think the story continues which could be a really fun classroom activity. I recommend reading it, but be prepared for an open ending.

  • Maggie
    2019-01-23 18:40

    With the true author of this story unknown, it is believed to have been written in the 12th century, possibly part of a longer documentation on Japanese court life. Izumi is an unconventional girl that loves caterpillars and all kinds of other creepy crawlies, which has her at the center of gossip in the community and admired by low-standing boys and noblemen. The illustrations are soft and enjoyable, but I like the message more than anything, expressing to a reader that one does not have to follow societal rules to be unique. I believe young girls, in 3rd or 4th grade would like reading about a girl that could be very similar to them.

  • Marta
    2019-01-29 16:32

    This book had gorgeous oil pastel pictures that extended onto almost both pages and makes for a great read aloud. Though the theme of a self empowered girl makes this book beneficial for older readers and the Japanese culture aspect of this book makes it great for an introduction of cultures. This was a super versatile read making ideal ages run for 3-12.

  • Stephanie
    2019-01-28 13:23

    Really loved the essence of this story and the unconventional (at least by Western standards) ending, but telling felt somewhat disjointed to me. Perhaps a result of translation? Regardless, I would recommend it is great to see an early (twelfth century) story of a girl who is a scientist and does not care for either outward appearance or men.

  • Cassi Dick
    2019-01-26 11:44

    I think this is an interesting book about a girl who loves caterpillars. Her parent donot like that she is know as this girl, but she doesn;t care and is just being herself. I think this would be a great book to read to students to show them that no mattter what you like, it makes you unique and there is nothing wrong with that. I think you should read this book to 3rd grade.

  • Alfajirikali
    2019-01-22 13:40

    Based on a 12th century Japanese feminist, the girl who loved caterpillars was told with honesty and boldness. The girl is told that she must blacken her teeth, and pluck her eyebrows in order to attract a suitable mate. She also is quick, witty, clever and independent.

  • Melanie
    2019-01-27 10:23

    Could also be self-concept

  • Wabi Sabi
    2019-02-01 13:35

    Strong female character who does her own thing in in spite of strong traditional constrictions. I wish there were more stories out there like this for girls (and boys) to read.

  • karen templin
    2019-02-11 18:36

    Intriguing. Based on ancient text, possible was a real person, she is an inspiration for young girls to be true to themselves.