Eric Carle writes and illustrates The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The book is for children under five-years-old. A very hungry caterpillar hatches from an egg. He is so hungry; he munches every food in sight. Monday, he eats an apple. Tuesday, the caterpillar eats two plums. The caterpillar’s appetite increases each day. Wednesday, he chews three plums. This continues for the rest of the week. Sunday, the caterpillar is very rotund and sleepy. He spins a cocoon and settles into a deep sleep. Later, he emerges as a beautiful butterfly.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of the best books for a child’s library. This is because it works on so many levels. For the newborn baby, the story is soothing and interesting. The illustrations are outstanding. Eric Carle uses vivid colors which captures children's interest. As the child grows older, the parent and caregiver can use the bright colors to teach colors. Later, use the book to teaching counting. Last of all, use The Very Hungry Caterpillar to teach the days of the week.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a science book, too. Children learn about metamorphosis. First, they see the egg. The caterpillar hatches from it. Later, he spins a cocoon for the chrysalis stage. Finally, he reappears as a beautiful butterfly. The different stages fascinate children.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is available as a board book, picture book and hardcover. The board book is perfect for small hands. However, the print is small. Very young children will find it hard to focus on the words. The print in the picture book and hardcover edition is large, but remember the baby and toddler tear the pages easily. So just take care with the book. Also, cellophane tape works wonders on tears.
The Very Busy Spider introduces infants and toddlers to farm animals. It is a classic bedtime book.
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Note: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is from the public library.