Minibeast Poems for Children

By Josie Whitehead

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This truly is a Poem to Perform

Illustration by

Peter Hudspith 

in operatic work in Los Angeles. 
- Yes, really!  Oh, the wonderful composer would so appreciate a nice comment on his work there.

A Little Green Caterpillar (1)

Sing Along with Martin Torbet, New Jersey, USA


By Josie Whitehead

A Little Green Caterpillar

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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