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Old 04-05-2007, 08:27 PM   #32
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

This has got to be one of the best books ever. It operates on so many levels, an enjoyable story,a collection of delightful illustrations and yes, a no holds barred morality tale which pulls no punches. Carle offers no quarter and takes no prisoners. His uncompromising approach is a breath of fresh air in this age of focus groups and endless compromises.

The hero or anti hero or possibly not a hero at all but a traveller on the road to enlightenment is a caterpillar. As the title of the work suggests this is a very hugry caterpillar. He seeks to satisfy his hunger by what can only be descibed as an orgy of junk food eating. However, this binge session leaves him feeling ill and somewhat the worse for wear. He then eats some simple
honest woodland fare (or leaves to be precise). This really does the trick and is the cataylst for his eventual transision from caterpillar to butterfly.

In a time when so many of us feel empty and hungry for something more than materialism and aspirational life style progression, this book is a wake up call. How can we truely metamorphose into a butterfly when we are so full of crap?

I'm not suggesting that simply eating leaves could make us happier people, but perhaps a return to a less harmful more natural life could truely set us free to spread our brightly coloured wings and soar a little higher than we do now.

Carle ia a visionary, pointing the way forward and as so often sometimes, it's necessary to take three steps back before we are ready to move forward.

This book is a blast and I have great pleasure in highly recommending it to one and all.

Happy reading.

(courtesy Lord Ciaran D'arcy www.cultofpenn.co.uk)
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