The Very Hungry Caterpillar

by Eric Carle

Hardcover, 1987



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E Car




Philomel Books (1987), 32 pages


Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days.


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32 p.; 8.69 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member champlin
Picture Book. This fun book is about a caterpillar who is very hungry. He eats fruit and leaves and then a bunch of junk food. When he is finished eating everything he gets a tummy ache. He forms a cocoon and when he emerges he has turned into an incredibly beautiful butterfly. This book teaches
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the metamorphosis of a butterfly, different media for artwork, and be careful to eat in moderation.
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LibraryThing member Khp24
My favorite book! I love this book! It teaches so many things in one book. For example it teaches, couting to five, days of the week, different types of food and a caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly! Goes through the days of the week of what the catepillar eats then to the cylce of metamorphosis
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from egg to caterpillar.
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LibraryThing member DLWilson1831
This book was about an egg that grew to be a caterpillar. After eating an enormous amount of food such as pie, pineapple, cupcake, and salami; he had a stomache. In addition, he grew into a big, fat caterpillar. He then built a cacoon around himself. Once this hatched he grew into a beautiful
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I really enjoyed this book because it kept my attention. It kept my attention through the vivid pictures and positive tone. By the end of the book, it was exciting to see the baby caterpillar grown into a beautifl butterfly.

This book would be great to use during a unit about the lifecycle of catepillars. After reading the book, you can discuss with the children (young readers) the cycle and help them discover the world of science and how insects are born, live and carry on in the future. You could also have a group discussion of foods that are good for you and ones that are not. Let the children decide and let them input on what is healthy and why. To conflict this, you could also have them decide what foods the caterpillar ate that were not so great for him and they should be enabled to understand what caused the caterpillar to have a stomacheache.
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LibraryThing member JulianneM
This is another classic by Eric Carle. The illustrations almost look like pieces of newspaper glued together. They are very unique and very cool. This story is about a hungry caterpillar who eats everything in sight! It is very humorous throughout! You will have to read the book to find out what
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happens to him at the end! This is a great read with wonderful illustrations.
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LibraryThing member cjfox73
The story is repetitive and fun, good for preschoolers. The illustrations are really cool and will intrigue kids.
LibraryThing member agricolaoval
Wonderful little story with the repetetiveness in the plot that kids love. The epic story of a critter that eats its way through the house wrecking everything in its path has an immediate appeal to any rightthinking kid. And the story really is of the same kind as lots of epic novels for adults.
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Reading the story to children over and over is fun because it is exciting and amusing also for the adult; the criterion of a really great children's book. A genuinly bonding experience. Admirably illustrated.
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LibraryThing member AlissaNergaard
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is written and illustrated by Eric Carle. It tells a story about you guessed it- a very hungry caterpillar! It eats and eats and eats until it cannot eat anymore and goes into its cocoon. Finally, at the end of the story it goes through metamorphosis and turns into a
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butterfly. I have always loved this book; my parents read it to me when I was really young, and I think they still have it. It is funny and you learn something new about caterpillars. One way I would use this book in my classroom is demonstrating counting with young ones. Counting occurs when another piece of food is added for each page in the story. Eventually I would like to have students create their own "The very Hungry (student's name)" book, where they choose what foods they would eat, and adding a piece of food for each page.
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LibraryThing member Cfmichel
This caterpillar has the strongest stomach I've ever heard of! He eats and eats and eats day after day. The caterpillar eventually forms a cocoon and evolves a beautiful and less-full butterfly. A classic tale that is completely necessary on every book shelf! Love Eric Carle! This is his best book,
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bar none!
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LibraryThing member hem143
This is an undeniably classic piece of children's literature by Eric Carle. Tells the enduring tale of a one little caterpillar's journey to becoming a beautiful butterfly. Easy to read and accompanied by breath taking illustrations I highly recommend this book.
LibraryThing member conuly
On the one hand, it's The Very Hungry Caterpillar - I love it (despite the upside-down butterfly on the last spread), I grew up with it, it's a great book.

On the other hand, I'm not sure it's a book very well-suited for board book format. The best feature of the book, the holes, are too small to be
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much fun, and the normal audience for board books is perhaps a little young to fully enjoy this one - it's too wordy without any narrative tricks (rhyme, meter, alliteration) to pull them in.

In retrospect, it would have been better to wait a few years and then just get the regular hardcover edition.
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LibraryThing member eadavis83
This is a fun book for children to read themselves. The children can act out the book as well. Have different activities to go along with the book. talk about how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly.
LibraryThing member alswartzfager
This books is illustrated so beautifully. The pictures are so bright and exciting. It is a very simple book, probably best for very young children. There is counting in the book and it shows a caterpillar that turns into a beautiful butterfly. I remember this book as a child, and I love the
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pictures and I think that most young children will too!
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LibraryThing member ruthe002
The story of how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly is one all children love. Eric Carle's portral of this event will engage children with the vivid, colorful illustrations and the and the life like "caterpillar holes" on each page. This is also a great book to learn counting.
LibraryThing member mmmorsi
It's just an excellent funny child book that allows you to make A LOT of funny sounds reading it as an adult! And it reminds you that life itself is one big metamorphosis.. I read it in the Arabic version but I believe it's available in a tonnes of different languages! :)
LibraryThing member DaytonGamble
Very colorful, short story. Great for the children and I would definitely recommend this book a preschool teacher. Many fun projects could come out of this book.
LibraryThing member jckeen
This is an anchor book for the Picture Book genre. While just about any book by Eric Carle would fit this category, I think this is his best known. The story is of a caterpillar who eats his way through different foods during the week. Children love Carle's bright and colorful
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illustrations--especially the page with all of the junk food. My personal favorite page is when the caterpillar eats through one green leaf at the end of the week. Somehow, it makes you feel healthier. The board book version has nice holes cut out of the food that children can feel.
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LibraryThing member eviltammy
Excellent, multi-use book for children on counting, colors, food, and caterpillars/butterflies. Great read-aloud.
LibraryThing member jrjohnson1
I love this book, its one of my favorite books from when i was kid. This is a very colorful book. Teaches kids about the life cycle of butterflies. A very informative children's book.
LibraryThing member Charlee526
One of my most favorite books from when I was little. The book has cut outs and is very colorful! Love it!
LibraryThing member RyaneClayton
This is a wonderful book a bout a growing caterpillar. From page to page the caterpillar eats different foods and crawls all over the place. At the end of the book the cute and much bigger caterpillar goes into a cocoon and turns into a beautiful butterfly.
LibraryThing member mlsullivan
First of all, this book is fun for students to read because of all the wonderful colors. It tells us that there are many stages in our developmental life. Also, sometimes it may take us longer to get to where we are going but if we take in the right nutrients we wil get there.
LibraryThing member mayalanda
wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! This book is truly inspired. We read it over and over again. It's a true classic.
LibraryThing member jsmith64
This is a very good book for teaching about life cycles.
LibraryThing member lindsaygits1
This very hungry caterpillar eats all sorts of leaves and things on his way to sleep so he can become a beautiful buterfly. This a a great picture book with little holes to demostrate the eating of the caterpillar. The are work is simple but works very well with the story.
LibraryThing member ampitcher
i loved this book as a kid. I especially enjoy the illustration its different, fun, and colorful.




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