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The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Giant hardcover edition (original 1969; edition 2008)

by Eric Carle, Eric Carle (Illustrator)

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Title:The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Giant hardcover edition
Authors:Eric Carle
Other authors:Eric Carle (Illustrator)
Info:Philomel (2008), Edition: Deluxe, Hardcover, 32 pages
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Tags:Picture Book. Interactive children book.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (1969)


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I really liked this book for multiple reasons. One reason I really liked this book is because of the creative illustrations it contained. The author and illustrator, Eric Carle, created many unique illustrations throughout this book. For example on one page the caterpillar is eating through various foods and the illustrations of these foods had various textures and colors. Another reason I enjoyed this book is because it is very different than other children's books. For example there are little holes punched out of the illustrations of foods, showing where the caterpillar ate through them. Also some pages are different sizes than a normal page sized book. I think this made the book really fun to read by adding these interactive factors. the Last reason I liked this book because it had a good yet simple story line. it started out with the caterpillar hatching from his egg, then told about all the food he found to eat and then he made a cocoon and turned into a beautiful butterfly. I like how it told about a caterpillars life cycle.
I think the main idea of this book was to tell the reader about the life cycle of a caterpillar. a big message of this book could be transformations, such as a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. ( )
  MarkiePowers | Oct 2, 2015 |
This book is a board book. This book talks about a caterpillars transformation into a butterfly by talking about the things it eats and the way it looks in each stage of development. The illustrations in this book are pictures that are detailed, colorful, and painted. This book is good in the classroom because the teacher can talk about the development of a caterpillar’s life into a butterfly. The middle pages of the book are also flip pages meaning I starts off with a fifth of the page and then increases through the next 5 pages to a complete page. ( )
  gtaft4 | Oct 1, 2015 |
This an awesome book! It teaches students about the changes that a caterpillar makes when transitioning to a butterfly, and it also teachers students how to count when going through the different steps. I loved this book for the illustrations and plot. The plots takes you from the beginning stages of the caterpillar's life to when he transforms into a butterfly. The reader can vividly see these different steps through the illustrations.
  bemory1 | Oct 1, 2015 |
I loved this book as a young child and I still love it now as an adult. The first thing I like about this book is the plot. Throughout the story, the hungry caterpillar goes through transitions until he becomes a beautiful butterfly. The reader gets to follow the caterpillar on this adventure and transformation as he eats different foods like 1 apple, 2 pears, and 3 plums (a great introduction to numbers). The second thing I like about this book is the beautiful illustrations. Eric Carle provides colorful, vibrant, and detailed pictures to accompany the story. The best picture in the book is the beautiful butterfly that the caterpillar turns into in the end. The main takeaway of this book is the life cycle of a caterpillar/butterfly. This is hands down the best way to teach young children about how caterpillars turn into butterflies. ( )
  jwrigh28 | Sep 30, 2015 |
The book, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" is about a caterpillar who eats and eats until he is too full. He then eats leaves to relief his pain before wrapping himself in his cocoon. After a week he emerges as a beautiful butterfly. The story was very well portrayed. It was easy to follow and understand the things that were happening throughout the book. The book could have been extended by following his journey as a butterfly or if the book was able to view inside of the cocoon and describe what was going on inside as he changed from a caterpillar to a butterfly. ( )
  Lauryn1025 | Sep 28, 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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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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