32pp., hbk., RRP $A29.99
Henri is a little caterpillar with a big ambition. He wants to fly and go on an amazing, incredible, impossible-seeming adventure to see the world outside his garden. But how can such a little caterpillar make such a huge dream come true?
His friends want him to stay where he is – safely in the garden with them. But Toad tells if if he doesn’t chase his dreams, they will get away. And so with the help of other friends like Bird, Mole, and Fish he is on his way. But it is not until he sees a tethered hot air balloon that he believes his amazing, incredible, impossible-seeming adventure will begin. If he can get to the top he is sure he will be able to see the whole wide world. But as he begins to crawl up the ropes, something happens to him and he finds himself shackled and sleepy. And then when he wakes…
This is a charming story that will appeal to young readers, especially those who know the life cycle of butterflies and can predict what will happen to Henri. But it is also an inspiring story about believing in yourself, having a dream and making it happen, even if it means stepping w-a-y outside your comfort zone. It’s ending is comforting – knowing that there is nearly always a safe haven we can return to. It is a soft, gentle story cleverly echoed in the soft gentle palette and is a perfect bedtime read as children snuggle down to their own dreams.