Introduction: "The Caterpillar" by Douglas Florian uses fun and whimsical language
combined with such wonderful imagery that one must share it aloud. This poem fits right in with the butterfly
unit in science. Florian's scientific facts, humor, and play with words will be a treat for the students.
She eats eight leaves at least
To fill her,
Which leaves her like a
Then rents a room inside
And checks out: Madame Butterfly--
Florian, Douglas. 1998. INSECTLOPEDIA: POEMS AND
PAINTINGS. San Diego: Harcourt, Brace and Company.
Extension: Invite the students to do a choral reading with this poem or any of the poems
in the book INSECTLOPEDIA.
"The Caterpillar" is a poem by Florian that can be used to discuss the use of word play.
After reading the poem and further discussion on the life-cylce of a butterfly, the children could illustrate
the four stages of the butterfly's life cycle or create life-cycle wheels.