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The Very Hungry Caterpillar (original 1969; edition 1994)

by Eric Carle

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Title:The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Authors:Eric Carle
Info:Philomel (1994), Edition: BRDBK, Board book, 13 pages
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (1969)

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In my opinion this was a good book for two reasons. First, I liked the organization and the pictures. The author did a very good job of engaging the reader by creating pages that flip out and open, pages that have holes where the caterpillar “ate” through them, and also by including very detailed pictures that showed the caterpillar’s transition. For example, after the caterpillar eats many different foods for a week, the author includes a picture of him and how he is very big from eating. A second thing I liked about the book was the writing that helped to teach students a new concept or review it if they already know about it. For example, the author integrated the days of the week into the story. This can be helpful when learning each day because students may sequence the days without knowing it while explaining what the caterpillar ate. Overall, the big idea is to inform and interest the reader. The reader can learn about a caterpillar’s life cycle, while also learning other concepts, such as the days of the week. ( )
  AllisonStrait | Nov 13, 2014 |
This little caterpillar is very hungry and eats so much he gets a stomach ache!
  athomasolivias | Nov 12, 2014 |
I liked "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" for many reasons. One reason I enjoyed this book was because of the repetitive language that was used throughout the book. After the caterpillar ate something new, the text would follow with, "but he was still hungry!" This keeps the reader engaged and allows them to further connect to the story. Another reason I enjoyed this book was because of the educational aspect. The book addresses both numbers and days of the week; On Monday the caterpillar ate one apple, on Tuesday he ate two pairs, and so on. This is a great way for the reader to not only following along with the story, but to learn numbers and days of the week in the process. The big idea of this book is to describe the transformation from a caterpillar to a butterfly. ( )
  KaraHankins | Nov 10, 2014 |
I really enjoyed this book. This caterpillar will plow through anything; it's no wonder he developed a tummy ache. This story is great to use when teaching toddlers how to count from numbers 1-5. It provides a great illustration in context as to how numbers relate to each other using tangible objects. ( )
  hlmusiclover | Nov 4, 2014 |
I love this book, I remember reading as a child. A tale about a caterpillar who eats his way through the days of the week. The caterpillar grows from egg to cocoon to a beautiful butterfly. also teaches the days of the week and counting. Absolutely I would use this book in my classroom. ( )
  rwoody | Nov 3, 2014 |
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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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