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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle

Even young children can follow the little green caterpillar as he eats his way to becoming a beautiful butterfly in this sturdy board book.
Age: 1 Year-olds | Title: The Very Hungry Caterpillar  |  Author: Eric Carle  |  Publisher: Philomel Books
Even young children can follow the little green caterpillar as he eats his way to becoming a beautiful butterfly in this sturdy board book.

For forty years young readers have watched this cuddly caterpillar transform into a beautiful butterfly. A simple story of a just-hatched caterpillar and its quest for food, this book also weaves in lessons about numbers, the days of the week, and the names of various colorful fruits. Toddlers will love looking at the bright colors and helping you to turn the pages of this strong board book, while older preschoolers will be mesmerized when the caterpillar turns into a brilliant butterfly. Lovely painted pictures set against a white background create standout visuals, while those special Carle touches, such as a smiling face painted on the sun and moon, add a kid-friendly element.

Once a child has begun to learn numbers and colors, adults can use this book as a teaching tool. Ask your child to count how many strawberries the caterpillar ate today, or the color of the plums.

This is a story that I remember fondly from my own childhood and I'm glad to see that it's still loved by children today. I took Emily, the three-year-old I babysit, to story time at the library and this was the chosen book. All the kids' faces lit up when they saw the butterfly emerge and several of the kids groaned when they saw how much food the caterpillar ate in one day. They knew he was going to have a tummy ache! The librarian even had a special surprise for the kids: a stuffed animal caterpillar that changed into a butterfly! I wasn't sure I would ever get Emily to say good-bye to the library after that.

--Abby

Princess love loves books. It's amazing how much she loves them! When she was a newborn I didn't know how to "play" with her so I just read to her all the time. I think that has something to do with it. now she picks out a book and brings it over to me, hands it to me, and signs please! It's too cute! I am very paticular about which books she reads, but with Little One Books there is no need for me to be paticular becase I love the books they have choosen to stock!
 
Of course I adore Eric Carle! I can already tell this is a favorite with Princess too! She is really interested in hearing me count how many fruit the caterpiller ate through! It's also cute with the little holes throught the picture, making it seem like the caterpiller already ate through!

--Candice Orpesa, Stash Mama

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