Melvin the caterpillar is enjoying a beautiful summer day stretched out on his favorite leaf, when suddenly a breeze breaks the leaf free from the tree and sends him on a wild ride. Melvin lands on the sidewalk below, and has to make the long, scary climb back up to the safety of his tree. He has never seen the many scary things in the park up-close before: people, toys, birds, and squirrels. He gets discouraged, but doesn’t give up. He proves himself to be brave.
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.