The Very Hungry Caterpillar

  • Title: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Author: Eric Carle
  • Illustrator: Eric Carle
  • Publisher: Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication year: 1969
  • Brief Summary: From Scholastic-“A hungry caterpillar 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.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – As The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the other books in this series by Eric Carle are interactive in the sense that there are holes and shapes to distinguish for the young child. There are a lot of opportunities to use this in the classroom, especially for a kindergarten class. For instance, there is a countdown of how much the caterpillar eats and it includes numbers. As young children are first learning their shapes, numbers and colors, this is the perfect book to help them explore that.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it. –The very colorful illustrations are ideal for young children as the colors are mostly in basic colors that children would be learning.

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