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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

By Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The very hungry caterpillar is one of the most popular children's books of all time! So consequently it is an empire unto itself. There are so many 'hungry caterpillar activities' for teachers and parents to help bring the joy of this book to children even more.

There are also a vast array of products with The Hungry Caterpillar on them from Eric Carle Crib Bedding to caterpillar soft toys. So if The Very Hungry Caterpillar becomes a firm favourite in your house then your child will enjoy some of the many products which bring him to life!

For the ultimate experience you can even vista the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst which was established by Eric Carle.

The very Hungry Caterpillar Book Review

Book Review By: Rachel Dominique Goh

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is an excellent book which addresses the life cycle of a butterfly. From an egg , it hatches into a tiny caterpillar and starts eating till it becomes a very fat and big caterpillar. After it has ate it's full it weaves a cocoon around it and hibernates before emerging as a colourful butterfly.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar was first written in 1969 and is one of the best-selling books of all time with over 25 million copies in print.

Besides teaching the Science concept of a insect's life cycle it also address the concept of counting and healthy/unhealthy foods.

The caterpillar feasts on unhealthy snacks such as chocolate cake, ice-cream, pickle, Swiss cheese, salami, a lollipop, some cherry pie,a sausage, a cupcake and one slice of watermelon. As result of his feasting he had a stomach. Parents can focus on the need to eat healthily and in moderation to kids as a subtopic from reading this book.

Courting and days of the weeks is also addressed in this book through in the section

" On Monday, he ate through one apple. But he was still hungry.

On Tuesday, he at through two pears . But he was still hungry.'

Kids can stick their fingers through the holes in the fruits on each page while the caterpillar devours the different fruits each day and count along. By encouraging the kids to count they will slowly be able to associate the spoken number with the quantity.

The storybook that I purchased came with a caterpillar soft toy . I found it really useful as it was an additional resource which I could use to explain the story and to make the story more interactive.

Who Wrote This Book Review?

Rachel Dominique Goh is a elementary school teacher and a mother to two hyperactive toddlers. You can read more about her experience as a mother and educator at

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The book by Bill Martin and Eric Carle Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is another all time classic.

I think this book is also a must for every toddlers bookshelf. It has repetitive sentences perfect to maintain young children's attention.

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