By: Dicksy Wilson & D.B. Sanders
Illustrated by: D.B. Sanders
Publisher: Yorkshire Publishing
Publication Date: April 2015
Reviewed by: Ellen Feld
Review Date: December 1, 2015
Gus the green caterpillar wasn’t like the other caterpillars who lived around the big oak tree. The other caterpillars liked to hurry about drinking and eating as fast as they could while Gus wanted to slow down and wander about, exploring the world around him. He just didn't fit in.
It’s during one of his adventures away from the tree that Gus runs into Shoo Bee. Like Gus, Shoo Bee is a bit different from his friends because he’s allergic to pollen. A bee allergic to pollen? How can that be (pardon the pun)? Together these two unlikely friends will brave the elements as they depend on each other to save those around them.
After a brief chat, the new friends, Gus and Shoo Bee, go their separate ways. Gus has to go back to the oak tree to work on his cocoon, so he’ll be too busy to spend time with Shoo Bee for a while. But the growing storm clouds are going to change his plans very quickly.
Before Gus can get back to the spot where his cocoon will be, Shoo Bee comes buzzing back with a warning about the oncoming storm. In an instant, Gus knows that his caterpillar friends are in danger. Their new cocoons will never be able to withstand the high winds of the storm. Gus soon realizes that the best thing to do is tell Councilor Cricket – he’ll know what to do. But the cricket lives at the top of the oak tree and Gus will never get there in time...unless Shoo Bee can fly him up to the top of the tree. Will the two friends, working together, be able to save the day?
The sister and brother team of Dicksy Wilson and D.B. Sanders created this whimsical tale together, with Sanders adding the lively illustrations. Told in rhyme, the story is fun, creative, and teaches a great lesson of overcoming obstacles and working together to solve problems. There’s also a little bit of a science lesson in this tale as readers will see Gus build his cocoon, take a looooong nap, and then emerge as a beautiful butterfly. What a fun story!
Quill says: An enchanting story about how working together can solve problems, and help others at the same time.