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A little green caterpillar looked at a leaf

    And his tummy was starting to rumble:

'Mummy has told me to eat up my leaves,

      But I’d far rather eat apple crumble.'  


Then the fat little caterpillar looked at the sky:

     'Now why is the sky very blue?' –

And 'How do I get to see more of this world?

     Oh my goodness – just what must I do?'          


A butterfly flew to the leaf next to him

    And noticed he’d started to cry.

'Now you hurry up and get on with those greens

     And soon you’ll be able to fly.'


'But my world is so boring with nothing to do

      Except eating my greens every day.

I want so very much to be lovely like you

     And fly through the world and then play.'  


Suddenly his green coat started to split.

     He stepped into the warm summer sun.

'I’m a butterfly now.  My dreams have come true

    And it’s my turn to fly and have fun.'



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A Little Green Caterpillar - Heading The Little Butterfly Little Green Caterpillar - OPERA Illustration by Peter Hudspith Sing Along with Martin Torbert, New Jersey Josie's Voice Recording

The popularity of this particular poem cannot be matched.  It is very high on the list of people who come to it on my website, but it was chosen by teachers and children in many schools across West Yorkshire in 2010 and has been published in my JOSIE'S POEMS - Nature Poems (AMS Educational).  

Sadly it is no longer in print as the publisher has retired and sold his business.


It has a wonderful illustration above, given by Peter Hudspith.  It even went into an opera staged in Los Angeles (see above), and this year Martin Torbert of New Jersey put this to song and guitar which his grandchildren love, and so do we.  Can you contribute anything to any of my poems, especially pictures.  Thank you so much.  Josie



By Josie Whitehead

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