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Caterpillar and Butterfly

Written by Ambelin Kwaymullina


There was once a caterpillar who lived all alone. Everything around Caterpillar seemed large and strange, and she was full of fear. Determined to escape any possible danger, Caterpillar hides away in the safety of her chrysalis. There, she finally discovers the inner strength she needs to truly live. Her fears discarded, she emerges triumphantly as Butterfly to enjoy all the wonders of the world.

‘… a beautifully written story.’ Australian Bookseller+Publisher

‘… a beautiful example of the merging of Aboriginal and Western Art.’ Magpies

‘The process of metamorphosis … must seem like an act of magic to the very young and it is the wonder of life that is the focus of this lovely, brightly coloured, beautifully illustrated picture book.’ Reading Time

ISBN 9781921888014 (Paperback)
Formats Picture Book (210 x 210mm) (Paperback)
Categories Indigenous Writing
Children's Picture Books
Pages 36
Publication Year 2011
Edition 2nd
Publisher Fremantle Press
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    Ambelin Kwaymullina

    Ambelin Kwaymullina is an Aboriginal writer and illustrator who comes from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. She is the author and illustrator of a number of award-winning picture books as well as a YA dystopian series. Her books have been published in the United States, South Korea and China. Ambelin is a prolific commentator on diversity in children’s literature and a law academic at the University of Western Australia. Read more