A caterpillar wanted badly
To become a butterfly.
She hated crawling on the ground
And wished that she could flutter by.

She got her wish in time of course.
(A wish she did regret).
She turned into a butterfly,
Then flew into a net.

  — Barry Louis Polisar

Copyright © 1999. All Rights Reserved. From Insect Soup: Bug Poems. Rainbow Morning Music. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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From Insect Soup: Bug Poems

This book of charming poems by three-time Parents Choice Award Winner Barry Louis Polisar features in the funniest bugs on the planet. From the praying mantis to chiggers to millipedes, kids will discover that the weird and wacky bugs are the most fun. Even the dung beetle, brilliantly illustrated in a tuxedo and with formal serving tray, finally gets the recognition he deserves as one of the top insects to inspect. An index of the featured creatures rounds out the fun with scientific fact.

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About the Author

A five-time Parents’ Choice Award winner, Barry Louis Polisar has recorded and shared his songs, poems, stories, and books with audiences throughout the world.

Barry performs his songs on two different Grammy Award- winning albums and sings his song All I Want is You in the opening credits of the film JUNO. He has written songs for Sesame Street and The Weekly Reader and starred in a television show for children that won two Emmy awards.

Barry has performed at The White House, The Smithsonian, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He gives concerts and author visits in schools, theatres, and museums from Washington DC to Fairbanks, Alaska.

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