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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

A children's book by Eric Carle.

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  • Mar 24, 2010
As a volunteer, I read one-on-one to preschool children at a Head Start school two days per week. I recently read this book for the first time, when it ended up in the bag of books I must choose from when I read. I VERY quickly found out that it is a very special book! Child after child in both my afternoon and morning classes chose this book when it was one of the selected books of the day.

Kids in my classes tend to go for the board books, especially the younger ones. This board book is unique in that it has these little partial pages that stack on one another, which I thought was quite clever. It is a small book, just the right size for a small child's hands, and very sturdy.

My only criticism (and the reason I gave the book 4 stars vs. 5) is that, after the hungry caterpillar eats through all these foods in one week, he is called "a big fat caterpillar." I think it would have sufficed to say that he was no longer a tiny caterpillar or that he had grown up, rather than to say he was big and fat. While I don't have many obese children in my classes, I don't think it would be a positive thing to read to an obese child that the caterpillar was big and fat.

All in all, though, a fun story and a nicely-done board book.

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review by . July 13, 2010
This is a perennial staple in the children's books collection I've amassed over the years.    When my son started showing interest in being read-to, I pulled out my trusty old, paperback version of this book.    BIG NO NO with a teething baby.    Our local children's librarian said that it's a great idea to allow babies to explore 'reading' with all senses, including mouth.    As my little guy liked the imagery enough …
review by . December 16, 2007
Pros: Beautiful illustrations; Appealing story; Teaches numbers, food, days of the week, and metamorphosis     Cons: None.     The Bottom Line: A book of lessons that children love... what more could I ask for?     Isn't everything in life a learning experience?      One thing I've had to learn about recently is what it's like to be seriously involved with someone who already has a child. It doesn't sound that difficult, …
review by . September 02, 2006
I normally do not care all that much for "pop-up" type books, as they tend to sort of come apart at the seams with constant use. This one is differnt though. It is well made and is able to stand a lot of use and abuse. The story is great, tellin the life cycle of a butterfly. The illustrations are quite colorful and very easy to follow and understand. The text goes perfectly with the pictures and it is amazing how how the little one cannot keep thier fingers out of the many holes the caterpillar …
review by . April 09, 2000
Pros: VERY educational and FUN     Cons: Not one     The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of those books that a child delights in reading again and again. It contains lessons on many levels. The reader (and listener!) is exposed to number sequencing, passage of time, and the astonishing growth and metamorphosis of the caterpillar. The young pre-reader is delighted by growing list of items that the caterpillar eats. They can relate to the caterpillar growing …
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"In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf." So begins Eric Carle's modern classic,The Very Hungry Caterpillar. More than 12 million copies of this book have been sold in its original, full-sized edition, and the beloved tale of science and gluttony has been translated into 20 languages. This five-by-four-inch miniature edition is truly tiny, with tiny type, but it is a nice size for small hands to hold and flip through the pictures. Despite its diminished state, the book is complete in every detail, following the ravenous caterpillar's path as he eats his way through one apple (and the pages of the book itself) on Monday, two pears on Tuesday, three plums on Wednesday, and so on, through cherry pie and sausage--until he is really fat and has a stomachache. And no doubt you know what happens next! Kids love butterfly metamorphosis stories, and this popular favorite teaches counting and the days of the week, too. A fun gift package for caterpillar fans. (Baby to preschool)--Karin Snelson

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ISBN-10: 0399226907
ISBN-13: 978-0399226908
Author: Eric Carle
Genre: Children's Books
Publisher: Philomel
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