The Very Hungry Caterpillar Paperback – January 1, 1987
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The story, of course, is a classic. We had the Very Hungry Caterpillar as a board book from the time my kid was born until a cat hairballed on it a couple years later. I didn't replace it because I figured he was outgrowing board books anyway. However when we saw it as a paperback at his dentist's office a few weeks ago, he got so excited that I realized we need to own it again.
The actual book however, didn't have the pages cut or holes punched where the caterpillar eats through the foods. That's always been a defining feature of this book so it's just not the same. I'm returning it and will have to try again from an actual store where I can flip through it first.
My husband and I decided to accompany the book with its teether Rattle for our little one when he was 4 months old because we thought he would enjoy the reading time of this book more... we were right.
He has loved the book and his rattle too. He loved let the toy caterpillar eat the pages while I was reading for him and put his little fingers in the holes.
The illustrations are so unique and eye catching, the colors are bright, the pages are sturdy and the story holds his attention.
This book, like the others of Eric Carle, is interactive and rhythmic.
Children learn easily colors, the name of different fruits and foods and even counting how many are in each page.
The book is small so it's easy to hold for a baby/toddler and very durable.
A must have
The different sized pages in the middle of the book (after the caterpillar pops out of his egg on Sunday morning) showing different foods with holes punched in the centers to indicate where he's nibbled through them are darling - each page is thick enough that I think I'm going to cut a caterpillar-sized piece of green pipecleaner to give him so he can watch his very own caterpillar making its way through the one red apple he eats on Monday, two green pears on Tuesday, three purple plums on Wednesday, four red strawberries on Thursday, five bright orange oranges on Friday, and then the variety of multi-colored foods (probably not a caterpillar's scientifically accurate diet, but fun!) he eats on Saturday that leads to his stomache ache - chocolate cake, ice cream cone, pickle, Swiss cheese, salami, lollipop, cherry pie, sausage, cupcake and watermelon - goodness gracious!
On Sunday, he limits himself to one green leaf, builds his "small house, called a cocoon, around himself", stays in there for over two weeks before he emerges as a multi-colored butterfly, whose wingspan takes up the final two pages! Though we probably won't expect our grandson to comprehend the scientific term of metamorphosis, he'll certainly grasp that the caterpillar's transformation is magical - a pretty good description of the book itself!
The format of the book was and will always be original and awesome. This book teaches days of the week, metamorphosis, time concepts, counting, it's kinesthetic and it's short...
Every kid should have this book
The book is the story of a very hungry caterpillar who eats and eats and eats some more, and then sleeps in a cocoon (or a "cackoon" as my son says) and wakes up and emerges as a beautiful butterfly.
The book is short, but fun for littles.
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I work in a Coffee Shop and to try and do something different, I do children's readings once a month. The latest was the very hungry caterpillar. I drew a big collage and got the kids to colour it in, there was a couple of caterpillars, 3D words the very hungry caterpillar , all the fruits were in there, and the cakes, cheese etc., An individual little drawing of the very hungry caterpillar for each child.The best part of the afternoon for me was the children eating all the fruit, cakes, cheese, and other items I had bought so they could join in the story. All the children joined in and so many of them knew all the words by heart.
If you are dubious about this book, please do not be, it is an enjoyable story, but can also be very educational as well.
Nosotros lo preferimos en inglés, en un formato de cartón tanto las tapas como las páginas, con unas dimensiones más que perfectas para manejar (27X23cm) y por un precio más que aceptable (unos 10€).
Las ilustraciones son PRECIOSAS, con unos dibujos y colores que cada vez se ven menos en los libros infantiles de hoy en día.
Esta versión enseña bastante vocabulario en inglés (días de la semana, números, aunque sólo hasta 5, algunas frutas), habla sobre el proceso de la transformación y, para mi sorpresa, mi peque sacó una moraleja también: no hay que comer demasiado en un sólo día porque puedes acabar con un "stomachache"!!!
En definitiva, nos encanta "The very hungry caterpillar".
Would not recommend buying.
This children’s classic is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, a testament to its success and enduring ability to bring enjoyment. Carle brings words, colour, images, science, maths, health and time into this simple story about the miracle of nature whereby a caterpillar transforms into a beautiful butterfly; children can learn a lot from this book.
Firstly, the story starts with perspective, “in the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf”. In the vastness of the surroundings, Carle focuses on something tiny – a single caterpillar egg. Amazing things are found in the small details of our universe. On the next page, this egg hatches into the caterpillar with a “pop!” – Carle uses onomatopoeia to appeal to the child’s senses and give a sense of it happening suddenly.
Carle said in one of his newsletters that “The book is like a bridge, over which a story travels from the writer to the readers.” And in order to make the story travel, the typography of the book is important, as well as the words and pictures. When the caterpillar eats fruit, the pages are different sizes, depending on how much he has eaten and what day it is. This helps with a child’s counting and learning the days of the week. There are also small holes through the pictures of everything he eats, as if the caterpillar has eaten his way through the book too! In fact Carle’s idea for the book came from the thought of a bookworm has he punched holes in paper. These small, simple holes make the very hungry caterpillar come alive.
The book also teaches children about healthy eating, with humour. Unusually for a caterpillar, after eating lots of fruit, he consumes ice cream, cake, cheese, pie and more, which makes him feel ill. It has something in there for adults too; after all the feasting, the caterpillar eats a “green leaf, and after that he felt much better” – he needs a detox! Some adult readings see deeper into the hungry caterpillar – that it is a warning against capitalist greed; or that it represents a spiritual transformation. Perhaps this is seeing too much in story for children, but the tale is definitely one of hope and each reader can take something different from it.
The pictures are crafted by Carle himself – beautiful colourful collages that make the pages bright. The butterfly is particularly spectacular and the patterns of the wings continue after the last page of words. The images help bring the metamorphosis to life in a way that children can understand; on one page the caterpillar is small, then he is large, then he is inside a cocoon, and finally, he is a butterfly. The change is complete but the cycle will begin again. Having watched butterflies hatch, I don’t think this will ever stop being fascinating and this book definitely captures that fascination.
To explain why he chose a cocoon instead of a chrysalis, Carle said it mainly came from the words his father used to say to him when he was a boy: “‘Eric, come out of your cocoon.’ He meant I should open up and be receptive to the world around me. For me, it would not sound right to say, ‘Come out of your chrysalis.’ And so poetry won over science!” Here he blends poetry and science to create a children’s tale that is at once informative, striking and funny.
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But he actually wasn't keen on it at all and it wasn't the same :( shame really.
But book arrived on time thank you
So bought the full cardboard edition.
Excellent just like the 90’s copy.....