In italics below is a little poem about a caterpillar and its cocoon. It nicely introduces another poem on the same subject that comes right after it...

The Cocoon

See the pretty brown cradle.
I found it on the apple tree.
A caterpillar made it.
A baby is asleep in the cradle.
The baby is a butterfly.
The cradle is a cocoon.
The butterfly will come out in the spring.


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Thanks and Acknowledgements

"Can You Spin, Caterpillar?" can be found in "The Holton Primer" (1901) by Martha Adelaide Holton. "The Cocoon" can be found in "The School News and Practical Educator," Volume 21 (1907).