Caterpillar Yom Kippur is part of Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod’s Jewish Nature series, which takes a close look at the world around us and relates it to Jewish life as it unfolds calendar day by calendar day. This time we follow a fuzzy caterpillar as he moves through time, slowly changing as we all do; his life is no more static than that of the young reader looking at his pictures and thinking about his journey. The caterpillar, too, grows, changes and evolves.
Food is an integral part of the caterpillar’s daily routine, just as it is for all of us. But there are other times in our lives, such as on Yom Kippur, when we put food away and start thinking some deeper thoughts. At those special times, we remember that we are not alone, even when we do not see Hashem, and we think about ways that we can improve and make ourselves even better that we already are. Change doesn’t have to happen all at once. A caterpillar takes time to become a beautiful butterfly.
These sweet, gentle musings are accompanied by lovely color photographs and include instructions for folding an origami butterfly which can be hung in the sukkah after Yom Kippur.
This book is charming, creative, thought-provoking, and fun to share with children ages 3 to 6.
Michal Hoschander Malen is the editor of Jewish Book Council’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A former librarian, she has lectured on topics relating to literacy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.