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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect spring reading!, June 29, 2000
This review is from: The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Hardcover)
This is one of my all-time favorite children's books. One sunny day, a caterpillar pops out of an egg. He is very hungry and begins searching for food. Now, many of Eric Carle's books have gimmicks--the tactile web in THE VERY BUSY SPIDER and the chirping in THE VERY QUIET CRICKET, for example. The gimmick in this book is that the caterpillar eats holes through all the food, holes that are actually punched into the pages of the book. It's a good gimmick, actually. Also, many of Carle's books teach conventions--telling time in THE VERY GROUCHY LADYBUG and animal sounds in THE VERY BUSY SPIDER, for example. This one teaches the days of the week. On Monday, the caterpillar eats this, on Tuesday he eats that, and so forth. Very cute. Eventually, he becomes a fat caterpillar. He then spins himself a cocoon, where he rests for two weeks. And when he emerges...well, you can guess the results. It's a wonderful story. Best of all, the text is very simple as are the illustrations, so the book will appeal to toddlers as well as the pre-K and kindergarten crowd. In fact, it may appeal more to toddlers, because the story is so very simple. I know I read it as a kindergartener. I loved the holes but found the story rather boring. I read it to my two-year-old this spring, however, and he went nuts over it. The days of the week were lost on him, but he was fascinated by the caterpillar turning into a butterfly--he had no idea! Can't tell you how many times we read it. We also re-enacted it, crawling on the floor and eating, spinning ourselves into cocoons, and popping out with fluttery wings. In fact, he was so taken with the caterpillar-to-butterfly phenomenon that I ordered some caterpillars (I used "Insect Lore"--they are on-line--but I'm sure there are lots of other places to get them). We read THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR at each stage of their development and then right before we released them as butterflies. It was the highlight of our spring.
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Initial post: Jul 23, 2010 4:15:43 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jan 1, 2011 3:19:10 PM PST
An informative review indeed!

I agree with you. "... the book will appeal to toddlers as well as the pre-K and kindergarten crowd."

- author Sam

Posted on Mar 25, 2013 5:02:25 PM PDT
Shell says:
Thank you for writing such a great review. I totally agree.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 4:54:54 PM PDT
Kristine says:
Can anyone tell me if this has a hard cover but then the rest of the book pages flexible
Ty

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2014 3:28:51 AM PST
Momma D says:
You can order it in hardcover (just outside is hard) or board book (all the pages are thick and hard).

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 3:29:39 AM PST
Momma D says:
Thanks for your review! I want to order it just to play the game you mentioned...too cute;)

Posted on Mar 29, 2016 12:10:41 PM PDT
NH Star74 says:
What a wonderful idea to get the live caterpillar and do the story as it grew!
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