The Very Hungry Caterpillar Giant Board Book and Plush package

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Giant Board Book and Plush package

by Eric Carle

Other Format(oversixed board book & p)

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Overview

Here is the edition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar that parents and teachers have been raving about! Packaged inside a cardboard handle, an irresistible plush caterpillar peeks out from this giant board book edition of Eric Carle's perennial classic. This large package is perfect for both homes and classrooms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399237720
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/28/2001
Edition description: oversixed board book & p
Pages: 13
Sales rank: 158,135
Product dimensions: 11.20(w) x 15.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 1 - 2 Years

About the Author

Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold over twelve million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than sixty books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote.

Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there, and graduated from the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Kunste, in Stuttgart. But his dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio in hand and forty dollars in his pocket, he arrived in New York. Soon he found a job as a graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. Later, he was the art director of an advertising agency for many years.

One day, respected educator and author, Bill Martin Jr, called to ask Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Martin's eye had been caught by a striking picture of a red lobster that Carle had created for an advertisement. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the result of their collaboration. It is still a favorite with children everywhere. This was the beginning of Eric Carle's true career. Soon Carle was writing his own stories, too. His first wholly original book was 1,2,3 to the Zoo, followed soon afterward by the celebrated classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Eric Carle's art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension - die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket's song as in The Very Quiet Cricket - giving them a playful quality: a toy that can be read, a book that can be touched. Children also enjoy working in collage and many send him pictures they have made themselves, inspired by his illustrations. He receives hundreds of letters each week from his young admirers. The secret of Eric Carle's books' appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.

The themes of his stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature - an interest shared by most small children. Besides being beautiful and entertaining, his books always offer the child the opportunity to learn something about the world around them. It is his concern for children, for their feelings and their inquisitiveness, for their creativity and their intellectual growth that, in addition to his beautiful artwork, makes the reading of his books such a stimulating and lasting experience.

Carle says: "With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates - will they be friendly? I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun."

Eric Carle has two grown-up children, a son and a daughter. With his wife Barbara, he lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. The Carles spend their summers in the nearby Berkshire hills.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Group (USA) Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world and has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold over twelve million copies. Since the Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than sixty books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote.

Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved with his parents to Germany when he was six years old; he was educated there, and graduated from the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Kunste, in Stuttgart. But his dream was always to return to America, the land of his happiest childhood memories. So, in 1952, with a fine portfolio in hand and forty dollars in his pocket, he arrived in New York. Soon he found a job as a graphic designer in the promotion department of The New York Times. Later, he was the art director of an advertising agency for many years.

One day, respected educator and author, Bill Martin Jr, called to ask Carle to illustrate a story he had written. Martin's eye had been caught by a striking picture of a red lobster that Carle had created for an advertisement. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? was the result of their collaboration. It is still a favorite with children everywhere. This was the beginning of Eric Carle's true career. Soon Carle was writing his own stories, too. His first wholly original book was 1,2,3 to the Zoo, followed soon afterward by the celebrated classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Eric Carle's art is distinctive and instantly recognizable. His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and cheerful images. Many of his books have an added dimension - die-cut pages, twinkling lights as in The Very Lonely Firefly, even the lifelike sound of a cricket's song as in The Very Quiet Cricket - giving them a playful quality: a toy that can be read, a book that can be touched. Children also enjoy working in collage and many send him pictures they have made themselves, inspired by his illustrations. He receives hundreds of letters each week from his young admirers. The secret of Eric Carle's books' appeal lies in his intuitive understanding of and respect for children, who sense in him instinctively someone who shares their most cherished thoughts and emotions.

The themes of his stories are usually drawn from his extensive knowledge and love of nature - an interest shared by most small children. Besides being beautiful and entertaining, his books always offer the child the opportunity to learn something about the world around them. It is his concern for children, for their feelings and their inquisitiveness, for their creativity and their intellectual growth that, in addition to his beautiful artwork, makes the reading of his books such a stimulating and lasting experience.

Carle says: "With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates - will they be friendly? I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun."

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Group (USA) Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

Hometown:

Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires

Date of Birth:

June 25, 1929

Place of Birth:

Syracuse, New York

Education:

Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50

Read an Excerpt

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Giant Board Book and Plush Package with Plush


By Eric Carle

Philomel Books

Copyright ©2001 Eric Carle
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0399237720

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, pushed his way out and ...

he was a beautiful butterfly!



Continues...


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Very Hungry Caterpillar Giant Board Book and Plush Package [With Plush] 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
highonohio More than 1 year ago
This book was just what I was looking for. It is my two year old's favorite story, and I wanted to get the over-sized version that they had at the library. This is it! The colors are brilliant and the little caterpillar plush is very cute and great quality. The only reason I gave this a four as opposed to a five star rating is that the paper handles on top of the book were very flimsy and ripped right off within about 48 hours. They really weren't necessary, and now there's two jagged spots on the top edge of the book where the handles used to be. I would say they should either make them perforated or get rid of them! Still a wonderful book and the BIG size is super cool for the little ones!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just the size of this book made quite an impression on my nursery school children. They absolutely loved it and could read alot of the sight words learned in school, with in the large print of the book. The small plush caterpillar was great for passing around for a tactile experience. I had made copies of all the different things the caterpillar ate, so when each piece was mentioned the children put that piece on a large flannel board All around wonderful reading experience for them and myself, thanks to " The Very Hungry Caterpillar" Donna Cronin, Colchester Co-Op Nursery School.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My granddaughters love this book and they always pull it out first for me too read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fun gift for active children who love to read and play at the same time. I'd purchase it again for any child that likes to be busy all the time.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My son loves this book. He pulls this book out for me to read almost daily. He loves to flip the pages and hold on to the caterpillar while I am reading it to you. When we get to the end of the book he gets so excited when he sees the picture of the butterfly. I would recommend this book to anyone. This is definatly a new classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book when I was about five, buying it only for the pretty colors on the cover. When my mother started reading me the book it was suspense at every word. If you want your young children to be interested in a story this is a pretty good one. The pictures are very simple but done in a very extrodinary manor. If your little one likes a colorful book then this is definetely something that will be entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book for children. I loved this book when I was 5 and still love it 10 years later! This is a great book and now with the edition of a larger book, and a plush caterpillar kids will enjoy this book as much as I did.