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Ten Wriggly Wiggly Caterpillars - Debbie Tarbett

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Debbie Tarbett / Hardcover / 24 Pages / Book is published 2004-04-30 by Little Tiger Press

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      22.11.2013 09:52
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      Nice book and a pleasant read

      My little boy got brought this book for his 1st Birthday so we have now owned this book for 16 months and he still enjoys reading it. This book is currently for sale on Amazon for £5.75 and since writing this review I have noticed there are a few more similar versions of this book by the same author - Ten Friendly Fish, Ten Tiny Tadpoles & Ten Chirpy Chicks. This book is hardback and the pages are thick paper (thin cardboard) The book is a story of ten caterpillars on a journey where each encounter on each page means we lose one of the caterpillars. The story is a rhyming poem which is fairly catchy when reading. Once all the caterpillars bar one has been lost it turns into a beautiful butterfly and on the last page there is a pop up of a beautiful butterfly. However this butterfly didn't last very long once my 1 year old ripped one of the wings off in excitement!!! The story was short and catchy keeping my little ones attention, the pictures were interesting and colour and the raised caterpillars made it fun for my little one to touch and interact while reading. I would say this book is educational in the way it explains the dangers that animals face and the ending showing that caterpillar grow into butterflies. I would recommend this book for children 18 months + as any younger and you may end up with a decapitate butterfly like ours. I will be purchasing others in the range also.

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        12.04.2013 21:05
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        great counting fun

        We bought this book about a month ago in the Mothercare sale for £3. This sells at £6.74 on Amazon, so this represents quite a substantial saving. My son loves counting so we thought that this would be ideal for him. From the front of the book, you can see ten plastic caterpillars in a curvy line. These are attached to different pages in the book and holes cut out of all the pages before that so that they can be seen throughout the book - the idea being that as each page is turned, there is one less caterpillar. On each page there is a line of rhyming story and a number (starting at 10 and counting down to 1). The story tells us how we have 10 caterpillars but on each page we lose a caterpillar in some way until we end up with one. For example, '10 crunching caterpillars in the bright sunshine, one fell asleep so that left 9'. Each page is brightly illustrated according to what the caterpillars are doing and my son loves to count the caterpillars on each page too. When we end up with one sad and lonely caterpillar, we turn the page to find 10 beautiful butterflies that pop out - a lovely surprise and my son especially loves this page. I love reading this story to my son. The rhyming sentences mean that it flows really well and is fun to read. The pages are also card so my son can turn these with me easily without any danger of ripping them. It has helped my son to learn to recognise his numbers and understand the concept of counting too. This is a definite favourite in our house and a book that my son asks for time and time again. We have even purchased more books from the range since as he likes it so much and I really recommend them!

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        06.06.2011 22:41
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        A lovely book to encourage and promote an early start to reading

        I originally bought this book for my Daughter when she was 8 months old from ELC. The book is hardbound which makes it very sturdy on the outside. The cover has 10 plastic little caterpillars that stick out - my Daughter loved to touch these. The book starts with 10 crunching caterpillars and as you read, you follow their journey through nature. As you turn each page, one caterpillar stays behind to interact with another member of nature e.g. a bird or to munch on some leaves. The story is cleverly written and rhymes, making it almost musical to read to your young one. I can still remember my Daughter's face when I turned to the last page and the caterpillars had turned into 10 beautiful butterflies that pop out. My Daughter went through a stage of wanting to pull or tear the butterflies and eventually succeeded in removing all of them. I waited until she got out of this destructive stage and bought a replacement copy from Amazon for £3.99 - which was less than I paid originally from ELC. This is still one of her favourite books and as she likes pointing out other insects along the way, I bought two other books by this author (the little chicks and the tadpole books - both of which also have surprise pop outs at the end). This book teaches numbers, the basic life cycle of a caterpillar, introduces other insects and wildlife. I like the rhyming in the book and the colourful illustrations. It is a great book for a baby or toddler.

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          03.06.2011 09:23
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          A colourful fun book to teach counting

          For Christmas 2010 my twin boys were spoilt. It was their first Christmas which was my excuse for going overboard. I knew friends and family were keen on buying toys and more interactive presents so I felt buying books was a great way to give the boys a varied toy collection. One of the books I purchased was Ten Wriggly Catterpillars. The book is published by Little Tiger Press and written by Debbie Tarbett . I purchased this book for my boys from ELC for £8.99 however it was part of a 3 for 2 deal which made it more attractive. It is available from other retailers including Waterstones, Asda and Amazon. The RRP of the book is £7.99 however Amazon appears to be the cheapest retailer selling at £3.99 new. This is a reasonably large, square hardback book. The front cover has a picture of leaves and you can see 10 raised 3D moulded caterpillars poking through the book. As there are 10 cut out holes for the caterpillars to poke through. This is a very bright and attractive book and when I put this book out amongst others for my boys they are always drawn to this one. The "story" is about the caterpillars and on each page there is a description of what they are doing. As you go through the pages each time there is one less cut out hole which reveals one less caterpillar. The story explains that one disappears because they get tired, or bored etc. On the last page there are no caterpillars but a pop up section which reveals 10 butterflies. This page is extremely bright and attractive. My boys love this book and when I started reading it to them at 12 months old I used to put their hands on the moulded caterpillar shapes for them to feel. Now at 16 months old they love to reach out and feel these sections and seem to take interest in me reading the story. Previously they were just mesmerised by the bright colours on each page. I do feel this is a lovely book to read to young children under 2 but not a book they can have much interaction with on their own as it damages easily so as a parent I find myself supervising or having a child on my knee and reading it to them. The pages are a lot thinner than many of the thick rigid baby books we have in the collection. This means they bend and crease a lot easier and in the case of my two boys would easily rip if a tug of war contest breaks out which it does for most toys and books. The pop up page is definitely the favourite page but this is extremely fragile and my boys seem to like to grab it. As a result sections have ripped off so I do find myself grabbing their hands trying to discourage them from ruining the book. I know if I left them with the book this section would be completely ripped off within minutes. My friends little girl is almost 3 and loves to read this book and have it read to her. At this age she is capable of sitting with the book on her knee whilst I read the story to her, turning the pages without any problems or without tearing the pop up section. Overall I would definitely recommend this book however for £8.99 it is quite expensive, therefore if you are purchasing for a young child under 2 years old you may need to supervise when they read it otherwise the book could be completely destroyed (especially if your child/ children are as destructive as my boys) . Aside from it not being the most durable of books it is a fantastic story which has engaging bright colourful and clear illustrations which children seem to love.

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            08.03.2011 13:44
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            Firmly recommended for helping children read and count

            A friend had this book for her daughter and it was their favourite book to read and show them as a baby. When I was at their house I saw it and decided I had to get it for my own daughter. I looked around and eventually bought it second-hand when my daughter was about 6 months, but have just bought a new one for reasons you shall discover. ---The range: There appears to be quite a few books in this style which are 'Ten .....' and have the plastic animals embedded in the book. Others I have found include 'Ten Shiny Snails' by Ruth Galloway and 'Ten Friendly Fish' by Debbie Tarbett, who wrote this one as well. ---Features of the book: This book is a hardback square book with a lovely bright front cover and pages. The front cover shows the title in red at the top and then a picture of some leaves in the middle. Along the leaves, there are holes in the front cover so you can see the ten plastic caterpillars sticking through from the pages on the book. At the bottom there is the name of the author - Debbie Tarbett. As you go through each page of the book, it tells you how many caterpillars there are and what they are doing. On the second half of the page, one of them get bored or tired or wants to do something else so disappears and then on the next page there is one less caterpillar. This continues through the book until there is only one lonely caterpillar. On the final double page though, there are now 10 beautiful butterflies that are a pop-up display. They are lovely colours and as you move the pages it looks like they are moving too. ---Our experiences: My daughter loves books, especially pop-up ones and this one is no exception. The bright colours attract her attention and although when she was younger she couldn't turn the pages, now at 19 months she is able to turn them herself. She enjoys pointing things out on the pages, especially the one s with a bee on them, and she likes feeling the raised caterpillars as well. We often read it together and I show her the numbers and count the caterpillars, but she also enjoys looking at this book herself. Unfortunately, when she was a bit younger, she kept wanting to pull at the butterflies on the last pages as they were hiding the bee which she wanted to see. When she discovered that she could pull bits off it, she then kept on doing it so most of the butterflies are now destroyed. I've bought her a new one now for when she's a bit older so she can enjoy it again in all its glory! I also think this book is good from an educational point as you can teach children the words that are written in the book as well as the different things that are shown on each page. The words are written in a rhyme so they are easy to read so will help your child to learn them and listen more closely. There are only a couple of lines on each page so it doesn't look too daunting either. It obviously also helps children to count as they can see the number on each page and count the caterpillars as well. ---And finally: I would definitely recommend this book for young children. If you are happy to put up with a bit of destruction to the book then it is definitely suitable from about 6 months. Otherwise I would wait until your child is about 2 or make sure you read it with them at all times. The book is priced at £8.99 but I have seen and bought it cheaper from various places.

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              07.04.2009 04:33
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              Highly Recommended

              Ten Wriggly Wiggly Caterpillars is one of the nicest children's books our grandson had when he was younger. He still likes it now but I think it's best suited to children aged one to three years old, as it's a good learning aid for helping them to learn to count to ten. Slightly older children will still enjoy this book every now and again, but they won't get the same educational benefit from it that very young children will. This book is a large hardback book that's got ten little enamel or plastic caterpillars embedded in it. As you turn each page, you lose a caterpillar. The story is in rhyme and it progresses through counting the caterpillars backwards from ten to one. Each little caterpillar has a different reason for wandering off on its page, for example it's staying to munch some tasty leaves. The number of the caterpillars on the page is shown in a nice big numerical format in the corner of each page too which is helpful for little ones learning to recognise their numbers. At the end of the story, there is one little caterpillar all on his own, then you turn the page to get greeted by a lovely, bright pop-up scene of ten butterflies. This is really attractive to little eyes and I liked that I could sort of flap the book backwards and forwards to make it look like the butterflies were flying out of the book. Unfortunately, the downside to this pop-up bit is that it's very easy for little hands to tear. Especially little hands who are trying to "catch" the butterflies as they appear to fly out of the book (bad grandson). It is a lovely book for any youngster though and especially those who are getting to grips with their first numbers. It costs £5.99 from Amazon and I've also seen it in our local Tesco for £4.99 so it's worth looking around for a good price.

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                06.04.2009 10:47
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                A very entertaining read for little ones

                Ten wriggly wiggly caterpillars is a children's book written by Debbie Tarbett and first printed in 2004. This book is a hardback book but has thin card pages which make it more robust than the average book. I bought this book for my son from a car boot sale for the bargain price of 30p. This book has won a gold award in the practical preschool awards in 2004. The cover of the book is bright and colourful it has the shapes of ten caterpillars cut out and ten small 3D plastic caterpillars showing through that you can touch and feel. When I first read this book it reminded me of a more complex song called five little ducks. Each page counts down one caterpillar disappearing. The illustrations on each page are bright and with pictures of different insects birds or fruit which cover two pages of the book and are very attractive and draw the eye in. Each page describes the caterpillars' differently speedy, clever singing or brave. Each page is a different adventure which results in something happens to a caterpillar for example got tired, stayed to sing or got a tummy ache and therefore one less makes it to the next page. Each page countdowns the caterpillar until there was one caterpillar who was sad on his own but it reads" when all of a sudden there were" and as you turn the page there is a pop up image of ten brightly coloured butterflies. My son enjoys this story it is face paced and rhythmic. It has approximately fifteen words over each two page countdown so works well with my son who is particularly impatient to turn the page. I am happy to read this book not only does it teach counting skills but gives chance for further discussion on the various items that overwhelm the page. While I read this story my son will often point to the large images on the pages. As he is now learning words he likes to name words and point to things for me to name for words he doesn't know. The only thing that isn't great about this book is that although the pages are thick unfortunately my son isn't that great at caring for books and bends the butterflies so I have to keep this book out of his reach so he can look at it with me but he can't flick through it like he does his other books as he would tear the butterflies. I would recommend this book for young children who are old enough not to wreck books but young enough to enjoy a short story. It is currently on sale as Amazon at £5.99 although recommended retail price is £7.99 The book has a link to the printer's website www.littletigerpress.co.uk but this holds very little information. Added: my son has ripped a butterfly out this afternoon to prove a point.

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                  16.01.2009 08:40
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                  a good book for the collection

                  Ten Wriggly Wiggly Caterpillars..... This book was a hand me down from one of my friends children to Jack. When we first had the book given to us it was certainly one that Jack loved the most out of all his books as it was the one he would keep bringing to me to read to him. I have seen the book for sale since being given it in Tesco's for around £6 a price that I feel is pretty reasonable. The book is a hardback book and the pages inside are somewhere between paper and board. They are not so heavy duty as board pages but they are a lot tougher than the average paper pages. The little caterpillars that are on each page are made of plastic and are raised slightly off of the pages and poking through to the next page. The book is basically about ten caterpillars. We follow the caterpillars through the book and on each page we seem to loose one of them. The words to the story are written in a lovely sing song type manner and the rhyming affect really is soothing and fun to say. We count down from ten caterpillars all the way down to one caterpillar. On the final page however we get back all ten but not as caterpillars as beautiful butterflies! The butterflies are done in pop up style which makes for a really magical ending. The book as a whole is really wonderful. The story is easy to follow and because of the rhyming style of writing it makes it great for reading out loud. The colourful pictures in the book make it a joy to look at the pictures and because of the caterpillars being plastic and raised up this gives jack something to feel as well. The ending to the book has been thought of well and does make for a good ending. I would say this book is a great one and well worth a five star rating and a high recommendation! Jack loves this book and so do I. I hope this has been of some help thanks for taking the time to read.

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