Eric Carle and The Very Hungry Caterpillar have been going strong for 40 years now. The premise is a very simple one, and yet one all children love to read and see how it progresses. A caterpillar is very hungry, so throughout the book, he eats his way through increasing numbers of foods; on Monday he ate through one apple, Tuesday he ate through two pears, and so the story goes. Finally he becomes a fat caterpillar and builds a cocoon around himself to eventually emerge as a beautiful butterfly.
Eric Carle uses his trademark collage format to create the caterpillar and all the yummy foods he eats. The book teaches children the days of the week as well as helping with counting. Carle’s use of vibrant color and easily identifiable fruits give children even more learning experiences as they point out what the caterpillar eats, all the way until the caterpillar eats a huge cornucopia of food ranging from cake to cheese to a slice of salami! Plenty to make kids’ tummies growl and make them laugh at the idea of a little caterpillar eating so much.
Children also get to see the natural world in action through the change the caterpillar undertakes, growing until he makes a cocoon and becomes a butterfly. Parents can find The Very Hungry Caterpillar in hardcover, board book, and paperback formats, perfect for children of very young ages and preschoolers.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a wonderful addition for any repertoire of classic children’s books.