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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969)

by Eric Carle

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this text because of the colorful illustration and language used throughout the story. The graphics allow readers to take on the size of a caterpillar and on the caterpillar's very hungry journey. The author effectively built the story describing the development of the caterpillar turning into a beautiful butterfly in a way that kept readers fully engaged with every turn of the page. All in all, this is a classic story that will remain in the hearts and minds of readers for years to come. ( )
  ajohns75 | Feb 26, 2015 |
I really like the pictures in this book, since they are very colorful, vivid, and shows how caterpillars eat through food. This is a great way to introduce how a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly. The author does a great job taking the reader through the life span of a caterpillar.
  bmille16 | Feb 26, 2015 |
This is a great book for new readers. I would recommend this book for early reading and storytelling to help engage children in the love of reading. Also, it can be incorporated into so many activities and subjects like colors, days of the week and life cycles. ( )
  RachelBowers | Feb 24, 2015 |
Again another favorite of mine! I personally have always enjoyed this book for the way the illustrations are painted as well as the fact that it is an interactive book for readers! Typically, illustrations are painted in a smooth kind of stroke, but this book shows a variety! It makes it more real for the readers and shows that when painting there may be lines that show up in the final product, but that's ok! It adds style to the book as well as a personal flare since I have never seen any other authors or illustrators do this in any other book.
The book has holes in the story to show just how the hungry caterpillar ate through all the food! Again another cute little flare of the author to add to the story! I also enjoy the fact that it shows the caterpillar gaining the weight from all the food he has eaten. It also shows his transformation from a young little caterpillar to him growing up and becoming just who he was meant to be! Something beautiful. ( )
  lriver5 | Feb 24, 2015 |
I really enjoyed this book for two reasons. First, the illustrations are amazing. They are done in such an interesting way and I think it opens a child's perspective to a new way of illustrating. The illustration style fits the written text so well that the picture are almost able to tell the whole story without reading the accompanying text. Second, I like how the book explains to children how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly using language that is patterned and clear. Most of the story is about how the caterpillar is so hungry and the progression of his eating before his transformation. I think that the big idea is to teach children the life cycle of a butterfly. But the underlying message is how we can all be transformed into something beautiful if we put in the work required. ( )
  rsochu1 | Feb 23, 2015 |
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This is a great book because it can be a incorporated in many subjects, such as; days of the week, colors, life cycles, and insects. The plethora of extension activities this book brings is enormous.
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For my sister Christa.
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In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf.
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He was a big, fat caterpillar.
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This book is good to use to teach about healthy habits and how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0399226907, Board book)

"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

Eric Carle and Tomie dePaola: Author One-on-One

Eric Carle is the creator, author, and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and many other children’s books. Tomie dePaola is the author and illustrator of Strega Nona: Her Story and countless other books. They recently had a conversation about their careers as picture book authors. Eric Carle

Tomie dePaola: When I was only four years old, I announced to my family in particular and to the world in general that I was going to become an artist, and write stories and draw pictures for books. I never swayed from that early declaration. I’ve always been curious to know, what inspired you to become a creator and illustrator of picture books?

Eric Carle: My career began as a graphic designer and for a number of years I worked as an art director for an advertising agency in New York. In the mid 1960's Bill Martin, Jr. saw an ad of a red lobster that I had designed and asked me to illustrate his Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Well, I was set on fire! I was so inspired by this book, and the opportunity to illustrate it changed my life. After that, I started to create my own books, both words and pictures, and really it was then that I had found my true course in life.

Now, I have a question for you, Tomie. How would you describe your artistic style, and has it changed over time?

Tomie dePaola: My illustration style is heavily influenced by folk art--strong simple shapes, bold lines, color, color, color and a deceptive simplicity. My style began to develop early in art school, and through the years, it hasn’t changed very much, but it has refined itself. How would you describe yours?

Eric Carle: My aim with my work is to simplify and refine, be logical and harmonious. I like to use simple shapes, bright colors and a lot of white space. I write for the child inside of me. That is always where I begin.

Tomie dePaola Tomie dePaola: I do, as well. The only audience I keep in mind is that four-year-old in me. People sometimes ask me what advice I would give to young artists. I always think of the wonderful advice I received from my twin cousins when they were in art school in the late '30s. They told me, “Practice, practice, practice and don’t copy.”

Eric Carle: I often tell people about the four magic letters: DO IT. I want to be encouraging but I can only offer the example of my own experience, which is just one approach. There are many wonderful artists to learn about, which is important. But you must use your own imagination. You have to just do it.

Tomie dePaola: How do you feel knowing that a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sold every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world?

Eric Carle: It is hard for me, maybe for others too, to grasp this concept. But I am truly honored that my story is enjoyed by so many and that it is now being shared by a generation of parents who grew up with my book. How about your Strega Nona. She is one of your most popular characters. Can you share how she came to be?

Tomie dePaola: In the ‘70s when I was teaching at a college, we were required to attend faculty meetings. I always sat in the back with a yellow legal pad. Everyone thought I was taking notes. At one meeting a doodle appeared of a little lady with a big nose and a big chin. I named her Strega Nona, and the rest is history. Speaking of history, how will you be celebrating the third annual Very Hungry Caterpillar Day this year?

Eric Carle: On The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day, March 20th, I will probably be at home with my wife, Bobbie (I am a bit of a hermit, actually). But I will be saying a little toast to the caterpillar for whom I have a special place in my heart. And speaking of holidays, isn’t your favorite holiday Christmas. Do you have a special Christmas memory?

Tomie dePaola: Christmas is my favorite holiday. My favorite Christmas was the one when I received tons and tons of art supplies: everything from an easel to paints, pads and pads of paper, and “how to draw” books.
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Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days.… (more)

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