The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Book - 1987
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This mini hardcover edition of Eric Carle's classic story begins one sunny Sunday, when the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. On Monday, he ate through one apple; on Tuesday, he ate through three plums--and still he was hungry. Strikingly bold, colorful pictures and a simple text in large, clear type tell the story of a hungry little caterpillar's progress through an amazing variety and quantity of foods. Full at last, he made a cocoon around himself and went to sleep, to wake up a few weeks later wonderfully transformed into a butterfly!

Brilliantly innovative designer and artist Eric Carle has dramatized the story of one of Nature's commonest yet loveliest marvels, the metamorphosis of the butterfly, in a picture book to delight as well as instruct the very youngest reader or listener. Cleverly die-cut pages show what the caterpillar ate on successive days, graphically introducing sets of up to 10 objects and also the names of the days of the week in rotation, as well as telling the central story of the transformation of the caterpillar. The final, double-page picture of the butterfly is a joyous explosion of color, a vibrant affirmation of the wonder and beauty of Nature.

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Publisher: New York : Philomel Books, c1987.
Edition: Miniature ed.
ISBN: 9780399213014
Branch Call Number: E
Characteristics: [28] p. : col. ill. ; 10 x 13 cm.


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May 12, 2017

As an avid reader of children books from the time I was a kid to even now as a young adult, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a well-deserved classic and an amazing story.  Author Eric Carle’s simple and amusing plot takes you along the journey as the caterpillar blossoms into a beautiful butterfly. This is the perfect book for young children learning or teenagers in a nostalgic mood.  I really do think The Very Hungry Caterpillar is beautifully illustrated, written, and a great read regardless of your age. 3.7 out of 5.
-@freshprinceofbooks of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Apr 04, 2017

best book forever!!! we read this book for 2 years and every time it is so amazing!

Jan 14, 2017

I picked up this book for some of my students! They really loved it as much as I did as a child! This book is great for teaching about caterpillars and butterflies, numbers, and foods. The kids love the different length pages and the holes! Really fun!

LoganLib_Stacy Jun 18, 2016

My favourite book as a kid- it's a classic!

Jun 14, 2016

My two year old adores this book. We get him to identify all the foods the very hungry caterpillar eats on Saturday, and he always beats us to exclaiming that it turns into "a beautiful butterfly!"

Jun 02, 2016

This classic still holds up!

PimaLib_Kids Mar 09, 2016

I love the caterpillar because it eats a lot and turns into a butterfly. ~Lilian, age 3

vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

Pop! A hungry caterpillar hatches one day and so begins a week long feast and his eventual transformation into something beautiful.

PimaLib_BeccaB May 08, 2015

I have this one memorized. It's always a hit at storytime.
Makes a great feltboard story!

Apr 22, 2015

A good book is illustrated by colorful pictures. My kids were excited with marvelous transformation of life cycle, from a caterpillar to a butterfly.

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Jan 14, 2017

This book shows the life cycle of the caterpillar from egg to butterfly. It also teaches numbers and counting with all of the foods that the caterpillar eats in the middle of the story.

Jan 11, 2016

The journey of life so cleverly use in the metamorphoses process a caterpillar takes. Great color Illustrations. I know this is a story I remember from reading to my children now 40 years later I am reading it to my granddaughter and she just loved it with all kind of question and a nature walk to go with it.

vernessa7 Jun 03, 2013

The caterpillar eats a lot of stuff and gets a stomachache and then builds a cocoon and become a beautiful butterfly by michael


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alanamccausland Jun 06, 2016

“On Saturday, he ate through one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon.

That night he had a stomach ache.”


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