What’s the Story?

As the newborn caterpillar snacks through the pages (leaving behind a hole to stick a little finger through), he gets bigger and fatter, and then turns into a lovely butterfly with wings the color of Swiss cheese, oranges, and cherry pie! Eric Carle brings humor to the development of THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR, one of the first science miracles a child learns.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Eric Carle‘s The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a beloved kids’ classic that babies and toddlers adore. It teaches kids the days of the week and what food the caterpillar eats, and even offers a little counting lesson. It even carries a subtle message that healthy foods — like a leaf — are better for you, while eating too much sugary food could give you a stomachache like the caterpillar gets. Kids love the colorful pictures and the counting game as the foods are listed in sets (one apple, two pears, etc., up to five oranges). They delight in turning the flaps and poking their fingers through the holes the ever-munching caterpillar has left behind. The Very Hungry Caterpillar also lets readers identify different fruits and other foods, and match them with their corresponding colors in Carle’s signature multimedia collage illustrations.

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