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THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR

Author: Eric Carle

Illustrator: Eric Carle

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Publisher: Philomel Books, a division of Penguing Putnam Books for Young Readers, ©1969,1987

Material: board book

Summary: This is the story of the evolution of a caterpillar from egg to butterfly. A good book for sharing with toddlers when you want to teach them about counting, caterpillars, and identification of objects, especially food.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 0 to 6

Age of Child: started reading at 1 year

Young Reader Reaction: Even with months of continual reading, it still entertains & teaches, particularly as counting & identification become relevant. This is always among the first to be picked. Often, she goes into her room and brings it to a parent to read.

Adult Reader Reaction: The pictures are bright and attention-grabbing. As the caterpillar eats through the various fruit, the pages get larger and are easy for the toddler to turn. Finding the caterpillar on each page becomes a game as well.

Pros: Simple story that evolves with toddler’s learning curve. We like the engaging yet simple pictures to grab attention, easy to turn pages.

Cons: None

Borrow or Buy: Buy! It's a classic.

If You Liked This Book, Try: JUMP, FROG, JUMP!   I SPY AT THE ZOO   THE VERY BUSY SPIDER

Educational Themes: This will help the child with counting, identification of objects, caterpillar metamorphosis.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal stories, counting

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2003

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