The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle
Philomel Books, 1969

I now understand why this book continues to be a very big seller year after year—it has everything to fascinate a child.

First, on the cover, appears a very large green caterpillar, with a clashing red head. On the fourth page in, the largest, warmest, friendliest sun glows. Then—so cool—an actual hole is punched in an apple. And holes are punched in pears, blueberries, strawberries, oranges, and all of a child’s favorite foods, until the eating caterpillar gets a tummy ache. Then the reader learns how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. The art looks like kid art. Simple, kid friendly, engaging with cool holes-—a ‘must have’ for the earliest of readers. I’m sure some can count the holes, count the fruits and practice math, too. A brilliant book for pre-readers.

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