Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Very Hungry Caterpillar: A Kids Book

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a special book that should be in every child’s library. The colorful images depict a whimsical story of the caterpillar who eventually becomes a beautiful butterfly.

This story can be used to symbolize so many different events. I have heard of who read this story to their children and related it to changing from a preschooler to a kindergartener.

It works just as well as a book to teach children counting, days of the week, numbers, colors, and fruit names. There are sound science concepts in the book, and perhaps the most enchanting part is it tells children how a butterfly develops from a caterpillar. It gives them a new and different perspective to the small wriggly worms they often see in the yard and in trees.

Originally published in 1969, the book has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. It has been translated into more than 20 languages, including Spanish Dutch, French, German, Swedish, Russian, Chinese, and Italian.

These days, you can even buy bilingual versions! With 1,930 reviews on Amazon, this book has 4.5 stars. It just shows the popularity of the book.

Numerous awards and accolades have been presented to Eric Carle for the book.

Eric Carle Reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The book is popular in elementary school classrooms. Personally, I have used this book in Bible classes for babies and toddlers to symbolize life and becoming a Christian and even for lessons about death and the afterlife. 

My grandchildren have all enjoyed hearing this story. It is a book that they asked me to read to them over and over again.  

I have used this book in my
classroom for many years.
~Marilyn Thomas

Unfortunately, the original hardback of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is no longer published, but the board book and many formats of used books are available.

Other Books by Eric Carle Include:

Do the kiddos in your life enjoy The Very Hungry Caterpillar? Have you used the book to teach life lessons?

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