Melvin the caterpillar hates change! He just wants to enjoy the summer sun while lying on his favorite leaf, on his favorite tree. The weather gets colder, his leaf turns orange, then down, down, down he goes and Melvin’s life will never be the same. Melvin is sad and scared, but he learns that change can lead to something great!
About The Author
Christine Gustavson-Udd was born and raised in Minnetonka, Minnesota, where she lived until getting married, and then moved to the Pacific Northwest.
For her bachelor’s degree, she studied art-mostly acrylic painting, at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus.
She earned an Elementary Education Residential Teaching Certificate at Western Washington University, Everett campus and a Master of Education in K-8 Curriculum and Instruction at City University, Everett campus.
She enjoys writing and illustrating stories for children.
She used her daughter at age 7 for a model in her book My Life as a Raincoat, which she co-wrote with her aunt.
She used the complaints of her bored teenaged son, on a trip to see Old Faithful, as the basis for The Stinks Like Crap Squad, and gives him top billing in the credits- but don’t ask him about it, he’s still embarrassed by it!
Her books have positive messages for kids- perseverance, courage and self-reliance.