The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Now even younger children can follow the little green caterpillar as he eats his way to becoming a beautiful butterfly in this sturdy board book.

Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days.

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Overview

Now even younger children can follow the little green caterpillar as he eats his way to becoming a beautiful butterfly in this sturdy board book.

Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days.

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A caterpillar hatches out of his egg and is very hungry. On his first day, he eats through one piece of food; on his second, two, and so on. Little holes cut in the pages allow toddlers to wiggle their fingers through the food, just like the caterpillar. Vivid and colorful illustrations and ingenious layered pages help preschoolers learn the days of the week, how to count, and how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. This picture book is considered a must for every toddler's library.
Publishers Weekly

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar comes the first-ever pop-up edition of this book. When the familiar, tiny caterpillar pops out of his egg, a dial lets readers help him chug across Carle's earthy color palette. Next, the caterpillar eats his way through a week's worth of pop-up fruit, as well as a full-page display of sweet and savory treats, (resulting in a stomach-ache), before his eventual transition into a butterfly. The pop-ups, particularly a half-cylinder tree trunk that sprouts from the center of the spread and a large accordionlike cocoon, are well executed and engaging. While the prominent use of white space lends a sparser feel than in the picture book, the shimmering wings of the pop-up butterfly dazzle on the final spread. Ages 3-up. (Mar.)

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. . . there are moments of brilliance . . . this edition has much to offer . . .
Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
In April of 2009, this book reached number three on the New York Times Best Seller List, which is quite an achievement for a pop-up book, and an expensive one! This edition of a book first published in 1969 and popular with children and their parents ever since, is 11 ½" by 8 ½" and 23" wide when it is fully opened! It begins with a pop-up an of an 8" green leaf with a small white egg lying in the middle. The second page has a wheel to turn that makes a new little green caterpillar move across the page, under a "warm sun," to start looking for something to eat. On the third double-page spread, fifteen large assorted fruits stand up, all of them with holes made by the caterpillar. The next page sends up pickles, cheese, sausages and pie, cake, ice cream, watermelon, and candy, all with signs of nibbling. "That night he had a stomach ache" but the next day he "ate through one nice green leaf and felt much better." A pull tab moves the caterpillar slowly down the stem of the leaf. Turn the page and there are two large flaps opening outward on opposite sides of the spread. One reveals that the caterpillar has grown quite large and the other opens to show a large brown cocoon, shaped like a Quonset hut, that he has built around himself and where he stays "inside for more than two weeks." Then, finally, on the last page, he emerges to become a magnificent 18" long glittering, multi-colored butterfly! All of the delights of the original story are preserved. It is just much, much bigger and it pops up. Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
One Sunday a very hungry caterpillar hatched. He eats his way through a variety of foods that are boldly and colorfully illustrated. The story progresses with the caterpillar spinning a cocoon and waking up into a butterfly, illustrating one of nature's common but lovely marvels.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399208539
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1981
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 29,777
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Carle
Eric Carle divides his time between the Florida Keys and the mountains of North Carolina. Visit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Biography

Ever since he began innovating the look and function of children's stories in the late 1960s, Eric Carle has remained an author whose stories reliably hit the bestseller lists and remain on kids' bookshelves through generations.

He began as a designer of promotions and ads, and one illustration of a red lobster helped jump-start his career. The lobster caught the eye of author Bill Martin, Jr.; Martin asked Carle to illustrate the now-classic 1967 title Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and a career was born.

Born in Syracuse, New York but brought by his immigrant parents back to Germany when he was six, Carle was educated in Stuttgart and designed posters for the United States Information Center there after graduating from art school. He finally returned to the country he missed so much as a child in 1952.

He eventually began procuring work on children's titles, and found himself becoming increasingly involved in them. "I felt something of my own past stirring in me," he wrote in a 2000 essay. "An unresolved part of my own education needed reworking, and I began to make books -- books for myself, books for the child in me, books I had yearned for. I became my own teacher -- but this time an understanding one."

He began his career with the 1968 title 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo; but his next title, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is what still endears him to young readers today. Employing his bright, collage style and lending an immediacy to the tale by manifesting the caterpillar's hunger in actual holes in the pages, Carle began what would be a long career of creative approaches to simple stories. From the chirp emerging from The Very Quiet Cricket to the delightful fold-out pages in Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, Carle's books provide surprises that make his stories come alive in ways that many titles for preschoolers do not.

Carle's style, with its diaphanous, busy and bold artwork, is perfect for engaging new readers. His stories are also popular with parents and educators for their introductions to the natural world and its cycles. It's a particular pleasure to follow Carle into different corners of the world and see what can be learned from the creatures who live in them.

Good To Know

Regularly asked where he gets his ideas, Carle is quoted on his publisher's web site as responding: "Of course, the question of where ideas come from is the most difficult of all. Some people like to say they get ideas when they're in the shower. That's always a very entertaining answer, but I think it's much deeper than that. It goes back to your upbringing, your education, and so forth." He does say, however, that the idea for The Very Hungry Caterpillar came when he whimsically began punching holes in some paper, which suggested to him a bookworm at work. His editor later suggested he change the bookworm to a caterpillar, and the rest is history.

Carle was unhappy to be in Germany when his immigrant parents brought him back there as a child. He hated his new school and wanted to go back to America. He said: "When it became apparent that we would not return, I decided that I would become a bridge builder. I would build a bridge from Germany to America and take my beloved German grandmother by the hand across the wide ocean."

Before he became a freelance illustrator and began working on children's books, Carle worked as a graphic designer for the New York Times and as art director of an ad agency.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 25, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      Syracuse, New York
    1. Education:
      Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50
    2. Website:

Read an Excerpt

The Very Hungry Caterpillar


By Eric Carle

Philomel Books

Copyright ©1986 Eric Carle All right reserved.
ISBN: 0399213015

Chapter One

In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf.

One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and-pop!-out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar.

He started to look for some food.

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

He started to look for some food.

On Tuesday he ate through two pears, but he was still hungry.

He started to look for some food.

On Wednesday he ate through three plums, but he was still hungry.

He started to look for some food.

On Thursday he ate through four strawberries, but he was still hungry.

On Friday he ate through five oranges, but he was still hungry.

On Saturday he ate through one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon.

That night he had a stomachache!

The next day was Sunday again. The caterpillar ate through one nice green leaf, and after that he felt much better.

Now he wasn't hungry any more-and he wasn't a little caterpillar any more. He was a big, fat caterpillar.

He built a small house, called a cocoon, around himself. He stayed inside for more than two weeks. Then he nibbled a hole in the cocoon, pushedhis way out and ...

he was a beautiful butterfly!

Continues...


Excerpted from The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle Copyright ©1986 by Eric Carle. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

    Love it!

    I purchased this for my nephew on his 2nd Birthday and he loves it! However, I would not purchase the small board book next time, it is difficult to turn the small flaps for the fruits in the smaller book, but he absolutly loves it! He counts the fruit, names the foods and finds the caterpillar, it is very interactive for him and he wants to read the 'caplar book' at bedtime all the time!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    my dad was once giving me this book because he said i was hungry

    my dad was once giving me this book because he said i was hungry for his caterpiller but then he pinned me down and used the book to... anyway this book is so good yo0u could say its literally part of me

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    I regret not reading the reviews before I bought this. I thought

    I regret not reading the reviews before I bought this. I thought I was buying the "miniature" version that is available at other retailers, such as Walmart. Not so! This book is so little, you can' hardly read the words. Will be exchanging for a different edition. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    We love The Very Hungry Caterpillar Lap Board Book. My class made caterpillars using cardboard egg cartons, green paint, colored pom poms and pipe cleaners. The book was a great inspiration for the children.

    I am a Family Child Care Home Provider, and my students age range at the time I read the book were 5 months, 2 years and 3 years old. To start the book is so bright and colorful that we all were delighted just looking at the pictures. My 5 month old just gazed at the pictures and wanted to touch them. Kudos to the author and illustrator Eric Carle for such an engaging book. My book included a free CD of Eric Carle reading the story, that was such a treat for the children and myself. I can use this book for many of my lesson plans, for example for eartth day I use the illustrations of the dirt, trees, fruit and the caterpillar. Another lesson I use all the colors and shapes. I recommend this book to all, it is such a great story full of interactive lessons that engages all with it's colorful educational story line. This is truly one of the classics, I am happy that I added it to my classroom library.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2010

    MY FAVORITE BOOK AS A CHILD!

    What fun to buy my son the book that had been my favorite as a child! He enjoys sticking his fingers in the little holes, although the smaller version of the book only allows small fingers in there. Still a fun book for kids and adults alike. Good pictures, lots of colors, and not too many words.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    A Great Children's Book for children ages 3-5.

    This book is a great book to get kids started in reading.<BR/>It shows a very simple beginning, simple content, and a simple<BR/>ending. Also Eric Carle is a world famous children's illustrator.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2001

    My favorite of all time....

    Before actually having my daughter, now 14 mo., my husband got me a copy of the book signed by the author because he knew how much I loved it. It was one of the best presents he ever got me. Now being a mom, I can't wait to share it with my daughter. Her favorite book so far is Brown bear, brown bear

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2001

    A classic

    I love this book, and so does my 8-month old son. In addition to the clever format (with holes for the caterpillar - or tiny fingers), the book has mini-lessons embedded throughout - such as counting, days of the week, different fruits, not to mention a whole slew of info about caterpillars: hatched from an egg, builds cocoon, becomes butterfly...all this in a colorful, easy-to-read, rhyming baby book! I know we will enjoy this book into toddlerhood and beyond!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2014

    This is an excellent book for young children

    I bought this book for my grand niece who is 1 and a half. Her parents read to her every day and are already teaching her how to
    handle books gently. I wanted to see how she would handle a small book that she can hold in her little hands. It is hard for her to
    turn the pages. However, the pages that start out narrow, and gradually become wider are easy for her to turn. She holds the book while her Dad reads it. She will lay it down and turn the page, saying "Yum, Yum".

    So far, she is very gentle with the book, and wants it read to her over and over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    Love this! This has been one of my favorite books since I was li

    Love this!
    This has been one of my favorite books since I was little and I still enjoy it today. Great introductory into teaching about nutrition and the food pyramid. Could also do a lesson on caterpillars and their life cycle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    very poor

    very poor

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    Classic book, tiny print!

    Please know that even though this is a small book for tiny hands, the print is miniscule. It would be difficult for any child to read, considering it is a children's book.
    The print is so terribly small, that there is no way to read this book and show the pages to your little one. This is good for a toddler to learn to turn the pages.
    The back of the book will keep tiny fingers intrigued, until it rips.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Everyone should always read The Very Hungery Caterpillar!

    This was one of my favorites growing up, and now it's one of my kids favorites. Enough said. :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    Perfect Book

    Eric Carle has always been my favorite children's author. I taught Pre-K and Kindergarten for over 30 years. I had most of his books in my collection. I love that he illustrates his books...always with bright colors. His "themes" are always timely and relate to adults as well as children. I love giving Eric Carle books to new parents. In my opinion, reading is the most important subject in a young child's life. This book is his "classic." Enjoy!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    Fun way to introduce reading

    Colorful pictures with a fun tale of the caterpillars adventures.

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  • Posted October 9, 2013

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    Good

    One of my favorite and that it was very bright and colorful with good pictures. Or so I remembered. Anyway, a good children's book.

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  • Posted October 3, 2013

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    We are huge fans of Eric Carle and all of his works. This board

    We are huge fans of Eric Carle and all of his works. This board book is a welcome addition to our growing collection. The illustrations are simple and artistic at the same time, as is the text. Unlike all of the other Carle books we've owned so far, this one actually has a single linear narrative that spans the entire book. It is also written entirely in prose, so some people who enjoyed his rhyming books might be a bit disappointed. This book also features a fun and unusual formatting - several pages vary in length, and they feature the small holes through which the caterpillar has presumably burrowed. This is innovative, but sometimes it can make it tricky for the small hands to turn those pages - our toddler is still getting used to this. However, the small annoyances are nothing compared to all the fun that we all get out of this beautiful little board book. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    Great book, but not as durable for little kids. Great story ove

    Great book, but not as durable for little kids. Great story overall. Wish it was made in the USA, not China.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    This review is from K-152 kindergarten class: We really liked


    This review is from K-152 kindergarten class:

    We really liked the part where the caterpillar ate too much food. We really liked the part where he turned into a butterfly because of the beautiful colors. We liked when he got fat because it made us laugh. We found a mistake in the book; moths come out of cocoons not butterflies. We liked the part where the butterfly hatched out of the egg because he was so tiny. Children will like this story because it is funny and because the pictures are cool and pretty.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    A family favorite

    First grand baby coming

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