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The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Picture Puffins) (original 1969; edition 2002)

by Eric Carle

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Title:The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Picture Puffins)
Authors:Eric Carle
Info:Puffin Bks (2002), Paperback, 28 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Fruit, Numbers, Picture book, Board book, Children's book, Caterpillar, Butterflies, Days of the week

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (1969)


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Needed some light reading to get my mind off the election. Eric Carle's classic did the trick. Definitely needs to be read aloud to eager children. ( )
  SarahHayes | Feb 20, 2017 |
A classic children's book, that teaches kid's about the life of a caterpillar. This book introduces kids to different foods and colors As well as counting. This book is great for young children, 2-3, you can have them count the number of each fruit, and great for beginner readers. ( )
  augustaspors | Feb 18, 2017 |
In the story “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, there is a caterpillar that eats and eats and eats and never gets full, until one day, he eats too much food that is also unhealthy. The caterpillar then gets a bellyache. The central message of this story is that if you eat an appropriate amount and eat healthy, you will grow to have a strong and energized body. The caterpillar is forced to spend his night cuddled up sleeping because of his bellyache. He eats a leaf to feel better, and then cocoons for two weeks. When he gets out of his cocoon, he has turned into a beautiful butterfly and is able to fly around. ( )
  arianacassiere | Feb 16, 2017 |
The the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has a character that is always hungry! There was a little egg, then the egg soon hatched into a caterpillar. That caterpillar was ALWAYS hungry! For a week, he ate, and ate, but was still hungry. Finally one day, he ate everything in sight, that would give even the biggest eaters a stomach ache. After eating that much he developed a bag stomach ache. He was no longer a skinny caterpillar, but he was very fat. The next day he built himself a nice cocoon, and soon after, he became a beautiful butterfly! ( )
  OliviaRubino | Feb 15, 2017 |
This book is about a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly. How the caterpillar keeps eating until it gets a tummy ache. Then builds a cocoon and turns into a beautiful butterfly.

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My favorite part of the book is when the caterpillar eats junk food and then gets a stomachache. I think this teaches children they should not eat so much at one time. This also teaches them that eating healthy foods makes them feel better.

Classroom extension.
1. Have the children color a picture of a butterfly.
2. Use old magazines and have the students cut out pictures of healthy and unhealthy food items. Then paste the healthy food on one poster-board and unhealthy on the other. ( )
  April03 | Feb 12, 2017 |
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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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In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf.
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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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